Make The Death Penalty Quicker, Cheaper and More Effective

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Thirty-two of the fifty states of the United States of America have capital punishment and in those thirty-two sates there are over three thousand people on death row as of January 1, 2013, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. The murderers of today’s society can be assured of a much longer life even after conviction because of the appeals process slowing the implementation of their death sentence. (Oberg) The imposition of the death penalty is extremely expensive because it allows for endless appeals at the expense of the taxpayers. The effectiveness of the death penalty is greatly compromised when it is not carried through. There needs to be a certainty attached to it to make it effective, and that has not happened. There needs to be one trial, one appeal, and then either acquittal, or execution. (Baltimore Sun) The states need to stop pushing for the abolition of the death penalty and start looking for a way to make it more cost-effective. The death penalty debate in the United States is dominated by the fraudulent voice of the anti-death penalty movement. The culture of lies and deceit so dominates that movement that many of the falsehoods are now wrongly accepted as fact, by both advocates and opponents of capital punishment. (Sharp) Opponents of capital punishment are extremely outspoken and vehement in their arguments. The American Civil Liberties Union believes the death penalty violates the constitutional ban against cruel and unusual punishment. However, the death penalty is not cruel and unusual punishment, the authors of the United States Constitution’s Eighth Amendment related “cruel and unusual” punishment to methods used in ages past. The Eighth Amendment was created to outlaw such practices as bur... ... middle of paper ... ...ess appeals need to stop and justice needs to be served. Works Cited "American Civil Liberties Union." American Civil Liberties Union. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Feb. 2014. "The Death Penalty Deters Crime and Saves Lives." The Heritage Foundation. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Feb. 2014. "Death Penalty Paper." Death Penalty Paper. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Feb. 2014. "Federal Death Row Prisoners." Death Penalty Information Center. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Feb. 2014. "Make Death Penalty Quicker, Cheaper and More Effective." Baltimore Sun. N.p., 09 Jan. 2013. Web. 03 Feb. 2014. Oberg, Cynthia G. "The Death Penalty--True Cause for Justice." The Death Penalty. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Feb. 2014. Schenek, Dan. "Dr. Drew On Call." HLNtv.com. N.p., 22 Aug. 2013. Web. 03 Feb. 2014. Sharp, Dudley. "Death Penalty Paper." Death Penalty Paper. Justice For All, n.d. Web. 03 Feb. 2014.

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