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The Pros And Cons Of Capital Punishment

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Capital punishment in the United States is a highly debated topic. Arguments that want to get rid of this method of punishment usually mention the many problems that capital punishment is plagued with. The death penalty has many issues that cannot be resolved, and since these issues can’t be solved, the death penalty should be abolished. “The irrevocable nature of the death penalty renders it an unsustainable and indefensible remedy in an imperfect justice system.” (Evans 3) Even though the death penalty has been around since the 18th century, capital punishment has many issues such as wrongful convictions and high costs, proving it should be eliminated. A man who was put on death row wrongly stayed there for 3 years before the case was overturned. …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Argues that capital punishment in the united states is a highly debated topic. the death penalty has many issues that can't be resolved, proving it should be eliminated.
  • Describes how a man who was put on death row wrongly stayed there for 3 years before the case was overturned. dna evidence is only obtained in approximately 15% of the cases.
  • Opines that dna testing is a lifesaver for wrongly convicted criminals, and that the justice system leading up to capital punishment has many errors in the way they convict people.
  • Explains that a judge ruled that california's three-drug cocktail could be cruel and unusual punishment if the drugs failed to do their job and kill painlessly and quickly.
  • Compares the costs of capital punishment with non-capital cases and argues that the high costs are one of the reasons why the death penalty might be questioned.
  • Compares how much money the state of florida could save if they opted out of capital punishment. the national debt is always a hot topic.

Cases in which the death penalty is gone after are more expensive and take more time to solve than non capital cases. “Even when a trial wasn’t necessary, those cases where the death penalty was sought still cost about twice as much as those where death was not sought” (Erb 1). The added money is due to legal representation, enhanced security for death row, and the costs it takes to go through the motions of a trial such as this. "The additional cost of confining an inmate to death row, as compared to the maximum security prisons where those sentenced to life without possibility of parole ordinarily serve their sentences, is $90,000 per year per inmate” (The Death Penalty 8). With California’s current death row (670) this would generate $63.3 million dollars per year. This is important because it shows factual stats about how much these cases cost vs regular cases and how much money could be saved if the death penalty was eliminated. These statistics show my thesis is correct because the high costs are one of the reasons why the death penalty might be …show more content…

“Florida, for example, spent between $25 million and $50 million more per year on capital cases than it would have to if all murderers received life without parole.” (Fagan 3) The comparison of how much money just the state of Florida could be saving if they opted out of capital punishment is astounding. If that is just how much money could be saved per year in one state, the entire country could benefit from stopping executions over a long period of time. It is obvious the US could save much more money by getting rid of capital punishment vs keeping it. The national debt is always a huge hot topic, and this offers a real solution to a part of that problem. This claim shows my thesis is correct because this article shows how much of an impact (money wise) capital punishment is causing by costing the states in America so much tax money. The millions that would be saved by abolishing this outdated punishment could be put to much better use, for example, things like “education, roads, police officers and public safety programs, after-school programs, drug and alcohol treatment, child abuse prevention programs, mental health services, and services for crime victims and their families.” (The Death Penalty

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