The Death Penalty Or Capital Punishment System

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Jessica Osornio Perez Sean Skipworth Government 2306 March 15, 2015 Social and Personal Responsibility in Death Matters The death penalty or capital punishment system and Texas has been a very controversial topic and triggered many debates recently. Capital punishment has been used by almost every culture in the world. Capital punishments are generally exerted to people who have been found guilty of a capital crime. Nevertheless, it is not easy to consider capital punishment as a convenient way to discipline the guilty. Capital punishment is the most severe form of corporal punishment, since required the law enforcement officers to kill the offender with the different execution methods. The Texas’ system of capital punishment according with Texas Death Penalty Facts “has executed 518 people since 1982,” (TCADP) this number put Texas in the first state on executions carried out in United States. Consequently, this has been a very serious problem for civil rights groups, religious figures and other people who oppose the death penalty. The death penalty has been use all the way through the history, almost as long as people have populated the earth. In the Medieval dark ages, people were executed because of treason, stealing, murder, the believing of witches and among other ludicrous reasons. The methods of execution had vary from country to country, from the cruel to the unusual. Texas for example “was the first U.S. state to carry out an execution by lethal injection, executing Charles Brooks on December 7, 1982.” (Texas). Some of the most famous cases of executions in Texas’ death penalty history have been the case of Karla Faye Tucker (1998) “first woman to be executed in the United States since 1984”, and Cameron Todd Willi... ... middle of paper ... ...r entire lives behind the bars in jail. “In Texas, the cost of an average death penalty case is nearly three times higher than imprisoning someone in maximum security for 40 years,” (TCADP) the death penalty is so expensive due to the complicated legal process, that is better opt for life without thinking twice. As a result with a sentence of life the government may save million and millions of money that could be used in other facilities to help people that really need it for example in hospitals and also fight poverty. Also ensures that the community is protected by eliminating the risk of having a criminal next to us while walking at the park. However, apparently for the government the states’ money is more valuable than a person’s life. Finally, the fear to the death penalty has not reduce the crime throughout the history of Texas’ capital punishment background.
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