Look at the numbers though, over time we’ll save $1.2 to $3.6 million if we just execute them. Mind you the $34,000/ year cost are an average. The maximum-security prisons run over $75,000/year. And where do we put the murderers? In the maximum-security prisons.
The death penalty is one form of punishment. In the USA, it costs more to give someone the death penalty than to keep them in prison for life. The families of the victim look for closure. Capital punishment would not bring a life back, even to comfort the victims’ family. Who is right or wrong?
How would you feel if the state that you lived in had to pay at least $117 million in tax money to the people that are on death row? Well, in 2008 Californian tax payers did. This $117 million averages out to be at least $175,000 per inmate each year. If California was to abolish capital punishment and allowed all the inmates on death row to die naturally in prison the state would save at least $4 billion in future costs (Carter). If the death penalty isn’t used an alternate option would be a sentence of life without parole.
Capital punishment is an unnecessary practice in America that should be abolished. There are many reasons that prove this to be true. It is more expensive to execute a person than to keep them in prison for life. The deaths of innocent people can never be taken back. There is no solid evidence that the death penalty deters crime.
If a murderer was given a different punishment other than the death penalty, the human live(s) that perished would become less and less important. The death penalty is justified because in the Pledge of Allegiance we state “Liberty and Justice for all”. What better way to show this than to give deserving criminals the right punishment? (Phil 2) The Death Penalty has positive effects on murder victim’s families. Losing a loved one from old age, or sickness is a time of suffering that almost everyone will experience, but losing a loved one because they were brutally murdered is unexpected and much harder to overcome.
The State of Texas has been allowing convicted criminals to serve less than fifty percent of their sentence because the state simply can’t afford to keep them behind bars any longer. These same states are sinking millions of dollars into the death penalty every year. It has been shown in many cases that the cost of a death penalty case is much greater than that of a life without parole case. One such case comes out of a study that was done in Colorado that concluded that capital proceedings on average require one hundred and twenty three more days than a life without parole case. (Marceau, 2013) This case also noted that it takes about two days to select a jury for a life without parole case while it takes about 30 days to select a jury for a capital case.
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It becomes too harsh when lives are being taken. The death penalty is one of the most controversial topics in our history. Capital punishment is wrong and ineffective. The price of the operation cost more than life in prison, and it is morally unjust. For years now, it seems like any punishment deemed worthy by a judge requires the convicted to pay the price of their life.