Capital Punishment Helps Eliminate Evil from Society

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Capital Punishment Helps Eliminate Evil from Society Each year more and more people are added to death row. The death penalty is currently the harshest form of punishment enforced in the United States. The death penalty and its methods have become a controversial issue as death row becomes very populated. Important aspects of Capital Punishment are the methods of execution, costs, and the pros and cons. The death penalty’s interesting history has made it what it is today. People who are against the death penalty say that it is “immoral and no person should be sentenced to death” (Winter 61). It has no place in a civilized society, and since the death penalty cannot be racially biased it should be banished. But people who favor the death penalty say that the criminals deserve it, and it is the only way for justice to be served. Major costs have always been an important factor when debating capital punishment. The death penalty is more expensive than life imprisonment. Lawyers are paid an extensive amount of money to keep appealing to the courts. These appeals delay the date of procedure, costing more money for taxpayers, but if there were a limit on the number of appeals allowed, the cost of the death penalty would be greatly reduced. In the end, it would cost even less than life imprisonment. It is irreversible and can be inflicted upon people who are innocent and there is no chance to make restitution to the victim and/or the victim’s family. Those people, who did commit felonies, deserve to be executed, and if not for capital punishment then they would be let off without paying fully for their crime. Most of the people executed are rightfully prosecuted, a... ... middle of paper ... ...and they commit the same crime again, and rehabilitation was unsuccessful, they should be terminated. This may sound like a Nazi speaking of the Jews in the early 1930s, but they based the killing on a religion, not on a case-by-case basis, as we do in this country. America’s legal system is meant to rid society of evil, and by killing the murderers and rapists it clears them out of the genetic pool and gives an example to others of what not to do. Although it may seem cruel to systematically kill people based on one act in their life, it is justifiable because those people have the potential to kill again, and if they are going to hurt someone, they should be kept from society. If ex-killers have the potential to kill again, whether it is another prisoner or a person walking the street, they should be taken away from humans.

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