The Death Penalty: The Cost Of Capital Punishment

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According to the U.S. federal government, there are 41 crimes that carries a sentence of capital punishment, the biggest crime being murder. When people are victims of violent crimes, their family and friends are the most affected by the tragedy. There are often feelings of sadness, grief, and anger that overcome their loved ones. One of the most common emotion felt by the loved ones is the desire for revenge; they want the culprit to experience the same torture that their loved one experienced, and that sometimes mean death. While it is natural and understandable to seek justice and to want the offender to suffer, taking a life does not bring back the life of the victim, nor does it fill the void of losing someone to a violent crime. The…show more content…
Yes, all inmates are paid for by taxpayers but it is more expensive to keep an inmate on death row than to give him life in prison. According to “Financial Facts About the Death Penalty” (“Cost of Death Penalty,” n.d.), when capital punishment was in effect in NY, the state spent an estimated $170 million in 9 years, producing no final death sentences or executions. The length of capital trials is more extensive and expensive than life imprison, and there are far more appellate and other post-conviction reviews in capital cases than that of life imprisonment cases. (Gardner, 2015). Many feel that cost should not be a factor when it comes to sentencing someone to capital punishment versus life in prison for a callous, brutal crime. By executing prisoners that are on death row, money is no longer spent on a prisoner after he or she is executed. The U.S. economy is already in a fragile state due to funds being wasted, is there really a need for capital punishment when execution is not an immediate process? Prison is not a place of recreation and joy for people who commit lesser crimes, it is a place of punishment for people who break the law no matter the severity of the crime. Does it seem logical to waste millions of dollars to house a prisoner for a number of years leading up to their execution, when less money can be spent to house a prisoner for…show more content…
From a religious standpoint, choosing to execute an inmate would mean acting as God. One can argue that a murderer acts as God by taking someone else’s life, but a life cannot be regained through the taking of another’s life. Having to spend life behind bars away from loved ones, having to live with their actions and without freedom for the rest of their lives should be enough punishment. Inmates who proactively make attempts to redeem themselves should have their sentence taken into consideration to be reduced from capital punishment. No, prison should not be an amusement park for prisoners, but it is not fair to take away one’s right to redeem himself and deter that person from transitioning in to a better citizen. There is room for redemption in being sentenced to capital punishment, but many are still executed after making great efforts to improve themselves and maintaining good behavior. Many people who have committed murders later seek forgiveness, and forge relationships with their victim’s loved ones. For example, Oshea Isreal murdered a young man during a fight as a teenager and later made peace with his victim’s mother, Mary Johnson-Roy, before completing his sentence. (NPR Staff, 2015). In January 2015, Johnson-Roy married and chose Israel to walk her down the aisle at her wedding. If Israel had been placed on death row, he might not have seen the value in changing his life and

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