According to deathpenatlyinfo.org, currently there are 32 states with the death penalty and 18 states without the death penalty. Society has always punished people that do unlawful actions. Being that murder is the most is in highest interest of preventing, the strongest punishment available, the death penalty, is used. People may think when states sentence murderers to death that it would prevent future murderers from doing the same actions seeing that they will receive the same punishment. Deathpenaltycurriculum.org reports, “Moreover, even if some studies regarding deterrence are inconclusive, that is only because the death penalty is rarely used and takes years before an execution is actually carried out”.
Most people think that capital punishment has no effect on crime. It also wrongly gives the government the power to kill a human, making it unethical and barbaric. Next, is the possible wrong convictions, in the last 35 years in the U.S., 130 people have been released from death row because they were exonerated by DNA evidence. Unfortunately, DNA evidence is not available in most cases. With the death penalty in place you are guaranteed to occasionally execute an innocent person.
Other claims include it not working as a deterrent, it being morally wrong, and that it discriminates. Some even claim that it is cruel and unusual punishment. I would like to shed light on the issue and inform everyone as to why we should keep the death penalty and possibly even use it more than we do now. First of all, it is hard for anyone to argue that we already use the death penalty too much because facts say that we hardly use it at all. Since 1967, there have been one execution for every 1,600 murders.
Capital punishment is a legal process where the state sends a death row inmate to be executed as punishment. The death penalty should be abolished, because it’s morally wrong, some have been wrongly convicted, and people can change. As human beings, it is morally wrong to take the life of another human being. In the past 15 years, 441 people have been executed in the U.S. All people were raised to believe that killing is wrong, but also live in a country where the government puts people to death. Many countries do not kill their convicted criminals.
Haskins The Death Penalty The death penalty should be abolished because it is cruel and unusual punishment, it does not deter crime and it is costly. The death penalty is also known as capital punishment. This death by execution is ordered by the court to people convicted for a capital crime. Capital punishment is an issue that has been argued in the United States for years. Many are opposed to it, yet the majority support it as evidenced by the fact that the laws still exist.
One day Timmy is asked whether he believe the death penalty stops criminals, he answers that he no because it didn’t stop thugs from murdering his parents for their money. Most people who think the death penalty is effective don’t usually know all of the facts or how much time and money are used to put someone into death row. To good arguments for and against the effects of the death penalty are presented in our reading. Ernest Van den Haag argues that we should keep using the death penalty and Hugo Adam Bedau thinks that is obsolete and we should discontinue its use. I think both the arguments are convincing, but Bedau’s argument has statistics to back up his logic.
For example, a life sentence without the chance of parole is roughly eight times cheaper than that same person receiving capital punishment (Von Drehle 26-33). One reason the death penalty costs so much more, is because the suspect has to go through two trials; one of the trials is to decide whether he or she is guilty or innocent, and the second is to determine the degree of punishment (Von Drehle 26-33). According to Nicholas Petersen and Mona Lynch, in their article from 2012, “Prosecutorial Discretion, Hidden Costs, and the Death Penalty: The Case of Los Angeles County,” there is $137.7 million spent on capital punishment costs a year. However, the costs for life sentencing without parole is only $11.5 million a year (Petersen 1233-1274). In the 1980’s, it costed $201,510 more for a capital case than a noncapital case in California (Petersen 1233-1274).
Sending more people to prison obviously comes at a price. Cooper Jones writes in his 2014 article “Does Alternative Sentencing Reduce Recidivism? A Preliminary Analysis” that before the “get tough on crime” era, the states spent around 280 million dollars in 1980 on corrections (18). In 2000, the average cost per state sprang to one billion dollars (C. Jones, 2014, p. 18). Alternative sentences offer a much cheaper alternative to prison.
Regarding the 144 men and women previously mentioned, “As a percentage of all death sentences, that 's just 1.6 percent. But if the innocence rate is 4.1 percent, more than twice the rate of exoneration, the study suggests what most people assumed but dreaded: An untold number of innocent people have been executed” (Levy). The study puts into play a number of factors, but the statement still stands. Yet another aspect that affects those on death row, is
With 150 inmates released due to evidence of their innocence, one must wonder how many truly innocent people were put to death before the improvements in many areas such as how DNA testing is collected and tested. With more improvements made each year with technology we may find out more and more that people are innocent. But what should be done about the inmates who have been but to death already that are innocent? Should there be a review process of each current person who is on death row to make sure they are truly guilty of their crimes so no more innocent lives are