The inmates have been on death row on an average of 9 years, which costs about $32,000.00 per year, not counting the cost of appeals, about $150,000.00 to $275,000.00 per appeal. I do not bel... ... middle of paper ... ...m as their Mother. Where is the unimaginable horror the victim felt, the terror and pain, the knowing they will never see their loved ones again or be able to say good-bye, when all that happens to the murderer is a lethal injection, going to sleep! Somehow this is not fair! If your sister was killed by such a man as Ted Bundy would you like him released , living in prison being interviewed, writing books, a celebrity, or DEAD?
Because they know if they were to kill a couple people, they will possibly end up on death row. But then again does the person who committed the crime, really think about that when they are doing the act? Most people who support the death penalty, are loved ones of someone who they lost due to a crime. Because the person that was killed doesn't have a say anymore, obviously. But the family does, and they usually want the most beneficial punishment to be done to whoever did the crime.
Innocent Victims of Capital Punishment are Possible Try to imagine yourself being convicted of a crime you did not commit, and even worse being told you have die for that crime. This nightmare is actually a reality for some inmates on death row today. The death penalty should be abolished because the potential for even one death of an innocent man violates all principles of justice. "Can the justice system ever be 100 percent right? Not likely.
“There are some defendants who have earned the ultimate punishment our society has to offer by committing murder with aggravating circumstances present. I believe life is sacred. It cheapens the life of an innocent murder victim to say that society has no right to keep the murderer from ever killing again. In my view, society has not only the right, but the duty to act in self defense to protect the innocent", argues the ... ... middle of paper ... ...ent person on death row. There have been several cases that evidence were proven to exonerate death row inmates.
Painless, when comparing to horrifying murders that happen everyday. As Paul A. Winters says, If a person commits a gruesome murder, he deserves to be put to death (Winters et al. 154). So many murderers are convicted of man slaughter and only receive years in jail. Their victims feel the pain, but imagine the pain and sorrow the families of the victims feel.
The principle of deterrence is based on the idea that the threat of punishment must be harsh enough to counter the benefits or pleasures that the criminal would receive from the illegal act. In addition, the punishment must be administered swiftly so that potential criminals will see a clear cause-and-effect relationship between the two. The most convincing argument for the deterrent effect of the death penalty comes from the commonsense belief that people fear death more than life in prison. "Once in prison, virtually all convicted murderers seek to avoid execution by appealing to reduce their sentence to 'life in prison' (Bender)." For example, in the Washington Post, a witness to a murder had been executed hours after testifying, so a second witness to the same murder, Arlin Budoo, decided he'd rather face life imprisonment for contempt of court rather than the strong possibility of death.
Others believe that it should live on (no pun intended). Some of the reasons people want to keep the death penalty around are that the death penalty can provide closure to the victims’ families who have already suffered so much from their loss. Having the criminal serving life in prison just means the criminal is still around to “haunt” the family or victim, “A... ... middle of paper ... ...on. If we eliminate the death penalty they will no longer have that option in some cases. There are many pros and cons on the death penalty and it is safe to say that it is a highly controversial topic but I feel that having the death penalty makes more sense in most cases than eliminating the option entirely.
Families of victims often become bitter and angry about the outcome of a crime, the loss of their loved one, and feel as if the death penalty is perhaps the only fair punishment for the violators of the law. These revengeful desires are natural and may be nothing short of expected from the average person in their loss. The death penalty outcome is one that is decided by a jury, and is not handled lightly it is only used under the most extreme conditions previously mentioned. Opponents of the death penality site the eighth amendment to the constitution which prohibits cruel and unusual punishments.You may ask, should one guilty of such a violent crime as pre mediated murder be afforded such mercy? Where was the mercy for the victim of their crime?
The victim’s family will always remember their terrible loss of their loved one. By placing the killer in a high-security prison for the restof his/her life, the family will feel that justice is served. The convicted killer will be unable to physically hurt the family or come in contact with them for as long as the murderer is alive. Although some believe that the death penalty may make the family feel better to have the murderer killed, it does not bring their loved ones back. By using the death sentence, it not only affects the murderer and the victim’s family, it also affects the Jury.
Abolishing the Death Penalty When a person is found guilty in this country, they may either serve a term in prison or be put on death row. On death row, the person awaits their death as a punishment for the crime they committed. The United States remains in the minority of nations in the world that still uses death as penalty for certain crimes. Many see the penalty as barbaric and against American values. Others see it as a very important tool in fighting violent pre-meditated murder.