Is the execution of innocent a necessary price to pay for the security of society? ﻢ Does the importance of capital punishment excuse its cost and the diversion of lacking resources from efforts to fight crime... ... middle of paper ... ...use we sentenced innocent people to death. The death sentence is irreversible. There are a lot of flaws in the system when it comes tot California’s death penalty. Also, as new DNA analyzing technology becomes available, it’s frightening to see the numbers of crimes overturned.
Capital Punishment Many people believe that once a criminal is found guilty, he/she should not be granted justice. The punishment of the convicted felon varies by the judge and/or jury, but most of the time the homicidal criminal is sentenced to death. However, there are several reasons why the death penalty should not be an option for the punishment of felons. The issue of capital punishment raises important issues over moral and practical positions, justifying the reason why capital punishment is not equitable for criminals. The first point raised opposing capital punishment is the eye-for-an-eye aspect.
A common misconception of the death penalty is that the cost to execute a convicted criminal is cheaper than to place a convict in prison for life without parole. Due to the United States judicial system, the process of appeals, which is inevitable with cases involving death as the sentence, incurs an extreme cost and is very time consuming. The cost of a capital trial and execution can be two to six times greater than the amount of money needed to house and feed a prisoner for life. "Studies show incarceration costs roughly $20,000 per inmate per year ($800,000 if a person lives 40 years in prison). Research also shows a death-penalty ease costs roughly $2 million per execution," (Kaplan 2).
It is used today and was used in ancient times to punish a variety of crimes, Even the bible supports death for murder and other crimes like kidnapping and witchcraft. The Death Penalty is a controversial issue because there are people that state the Death Penalty is wrong and good in some way. Why do people oppose the Death penalty? Because the Person may not be guilty, A lot of people think it is wrong to take a life. It could be there religion or many other reasons and then there are people that just feel sorry for them.
The controversy between whether criminals who have committed heinous crimes should be charged with the death penalty has been debated worldwide. Putting people to death, judged to have committed certain extremely abhorrent crimes, is a practice that has been around for a long time. However, in the later half of the twentieth century, it has become a controversial issue. As a supporter of the death penalty, I believe that it is essential part of the criminal justice system to deter crime. There are several reasons it should be in effect including: proof that capital punishment does deter crime that would warrant this sentence, retribution for heinous crimes, and the morality of punishing someone who has committed a crime so horrendous.
I say no, this is an intolerable number. Those members of society who are responsible for these heinous crimes should be brought to justice; the death penalty is one solution to this problem. In the 1600’s the death penalty was first instituted when “William the Conqueror” allowed those who had committed murder to be hung for their crimes. One would think twice about committing murder if the penalty was death, right? Due to crime growing exponentially, it would seem that drastic measures need to be taken in an attempt to minimize or end these unforgivable
Capital punishment or more commonly known as the death penalty is one of the most highly debated things in the United States and even the world. The reason is that people do not believe that being sentenced to death is an acceptable sentence for someone whose committed heinous crimes such as murder, rape, terrorism etc. One can argue that the death penalty is a cruel and unusual punishment and should be eradicated by the eighth amendment of the constitution. People against the death penalty argue that it is more expensive then to keep someone in prison their whole life, or that it is inhumane to kill a person, other reasons people are against it is for religious beliefs. While there are numerous people against it there are also plenty for the death penalty, people support the death penalty because like Newton’s third law states “for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction” thus meaning people believe that if you murder someone you should face the same thing murder.
The debate over the proper punishment lies between the death penalty and life in prison. Some of the issues that encompass the debate are the morality of the death penalty, the cost of the death penalty as opposed the cost of life in prison, the deterrent effect of the death penalty, family consideration of what punishment the murders should receive, racial and ethnic issues, social class issues, and religious beliefs. Although, many people say that the death penalty debate is mainly a moral one, the economic issues, or the costs of the death penalty, still do play a role in the debate. It is agreed upon by all sides that the death penalty costs significantly more than the other punishment alternative of life in prison without parole. Keeping someone prison for one year at the highest security level cost about $25,000; and approximately $1 million dollars over a period of 40 years.
Cost is one of the major issues with the death penalty. Money is not an unlimited resource, we will eventually run out. A state analysis “The costs of the death penalty in Indiana found the average cost to a county for a trial and direct appeal in a capital case was over ten times more than a life-without-parole case. The average capital case resulting in a death sentence cost $449,887, while the average cost of case in which a life-without-parole sentence was sought and achieved was only $42,658.” The average time spent on death row is over 12 years, and they have endless appeals and delays, which average 3 to 8 weeks per appeal, that why the process is so long. We spend more money on our inmates then we do with any other groups such as the old, the young that needed help, and the sick.
There are many people who believe that capital punishment could be a possible deterrent of crime. However, there are others who believe that it is very unethical. In case you were unaware, capital punishment can be viewed as unethical because it is the death penalty or execution of a person. These crimes are known as capital crimes such as murder, espionage, etc. Given this form of punishment is extreme, there are many people who have many different opinions on this topic.