It is hard to agree on whether the death penalty is right and good or if it is wrong and bad? It is a hot issue in today’s public. The Death Penalty can sound so deserving when you think of truly evil people in our world and what a negative impact they have caused; that death is the only fair answer to what they have done. A list runs through my mind: Hitler, Stalin, Saddam, terrorist, cold blooded killers. But when you think of that, you also have to consider another list. Let’s face it; with our system of government, we are not always going to catch the right “bad guy.” This throws in all the innocent people who are convicted. Another thing is, although our society is a lot better than it was, racial diversity is still very much a part of our lives. Race is an obvious factor that gets in the way of the law and death sentences. There could be instances where the lawmaker or judge could knowingly condemn the wrong person. There could be such a thing as revenge that could get in the way of making the right decision. We would want a person’s life to be just left up to a single person or group of people, when it could ultimately be wrong?
Think about things this way. We see that a person is morally and unjustifiably wrong for killing someone. Then what are we doing “killing” a killer. Aren’t we just doing the thing that we are so adamantly against? Aren’t we just being hypocritical of ourselves? Two wrongs don’t make a right. I do not know what is wrong with putting them in jail for life with no chance of parole.
Another big issue about the death penalty is the overall cost of proceeding with killing someone. The cost is outrageous. It would be more cost efficient for one to be put in jail without parole, then going through with actually killing them. "As of March 2005, 119 innocent people have been released from death rows across the country since 1973 (“Punishment”).”
“Capital murder trials threaten to bankrupt townships costing taxpayers:
$2 million in legal fees to try a death penalty case, nearly 4 times higher than comparable murder trials.
- The automatic appeal process costs up to $700,000 in legal fees.
- $1.2 million in execution costs.
- 1973 -1998, Florida spent $57 million on 18 executions.”
- It can be seen how the cost of capital punishment is overwhelmingly expensive. (“Punishment”)
One of Capital Punishment’s main reasons for killing people as a means of penalty against their crime is to keep murder from happening again. But it can be see that the death penalty doesn’t actually lessen the killing.
- “The two states with the most executions in 2003, Texas 24, and Oklahoma 14, saw increases in their murder rates from 2002 to 2003. Both states had murder rates above the national average in 2003: Texas - 6.4, and Oklahoma - 5.9. The top 13 states in terms of murder rates were all death penalty states. The murder rate of the death penalty states increased from 2002, while the rate in non-death penalty states decreased (“Punishment”).”
As can be seen, the Death Penalty is associated with so many negative effects, proving how wrong Capital Punishment is. The Death Penalty can entail such regrettable consequences, such as taking the life of an innocent person. It can be seen that the Death Penalty is not a proper way to punish wrongdoers.
"Punishment: The Death Penalty." 2006. Kari Sable. 1 Apr 2008