Death Penalty Research Paper

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The Death Penalty: Killing to Show Killing is Wrong
Everyone knows that killing is wrong. So why should the government be able to kill people in order to show the population that killing is wrong? The answer is: they shouldn’t. Capital punishment is hypocritical and should no longer be given out as a sentence. The death penalty is immoral and should be abolished due to its high costs, its ability to give the criminals an “easy way out,” it leaves too much room for error, and most importantly, it goes against God’s way of a natural death. As it is stated best in the Bible, “There is only one lawgiver and judge, He who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?” (King James Bible, James 4:12).
A common misconception with the death penalty is that people think it costs less than to keep the convicted in prison for life. This is not true. The sentence of a death penalty is much more expensive due to the long and complex judicial process required by the Constitution. Giving the sentence of “life without parole” or “life in prison” saves millions of dollars that could be used on other programs and eliminates the risk of wrongful execution. A large example of just how expensive the death penalty is found in the state of California, who could save $1 billion over the course of 5 years by simply replacing the death penalty with life imprisonment. California, since reinstating the sentence of capital punishment, has spent over $4 billion on prisoners on death row; over $338 million on each prisoner (Death Penalty: The High Cost of the Death Penalty). Eliminating the death penalty means saving money, which is something our country needs right now.
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... is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord,” (Romans 12:19). The Bible is saying that we, as humans, shouldn’t kill anyone or know when someone will die. Only God, who knows everything, should know when a person will die. It isn’t natural for someone to anticipate when they will die and dread the day when it will come. God rules over us; we don’t rule over us.
The death penalty is an unnecessary punishment. There are no benefits to killing a criminal who committed an awful crime. The state/country loses money, the criminals get an easy way out of their situation, people can be wrongly executed (which is irreversible), and it goes against God’s will of a natural death. These are all negative things that the death penalty brings about. For these reasons, the death penalty should be abolished for all states and all countries around the world.
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