Mr. Kimberly 4th period
The death penalty is the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment. It denies criminals their natural born right to life. The first established death penalty laws date as far back as the eighteenth century. Death sentences were carried out by such means as crucifixion, drowning, beating to death, and burning alive. In the tenth century, hanging became the usual method of execution in Britain. Britain influenced America’s use of the death penalty more than any other country. When European settlers came to the new world, they brought the practice of capital punishment. The plague of our current society. The death penalty should be abolished because it has never been shown to stop crimes more effectively than other punishments, there are serious economic consequences, and it involves a increased risk of error.
First, the death penalty has never been shown to stop crimes more effectively than other punishments. Most people who commit murders either do not expect to be caught or do not carefully consider the differences between a possible execution and life in prison before they commit the murder. When people murder they don’t feel anything. They are most often committed in moments of intense anger or passion. After they already did it and can’t take it back, most of the time they realize what they did and are shocked. They get scared and don’t know what to do. Does that sound like a coldblooded killer to you?
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Also, there are serious economic consequences. Various state governments estimate that a single death penalty case, from the point of arrest to execution, ranges from $1 million to $3 million per case. Other studies have estimated the cost to be as high as $7 million. The millions of dollars spent on capital punishment cuts into resources for other community interests, such as schools, hospitals, public safety, and jobs. Taking this money away will make the economy worse, but for what? To kill people, that just doesn’t sound right.
The death penalty should be abolished because it involves an increased risk or error. The risks of inaccurate judgment have been higher because the death penalty has become a politicized issue that is commonly used in campaigns for judges and district attorneys who are elected to their positions. Those judges and prosecutors are motivated to sentence as many defendants to death as they possibly can to maintain a record of being “tough on crime.” Also, due to the high emotions surrounding murder cases, there is great pressure on law enforcement officials to solve homicides quickly. Such pressure may lead to misconduct by the investigators and prosecutors. In addition, murders frequently lack eyewitnesses, forcing the prosecutors to use less reliable sources for evidence, such as jailhouse snitches or accomplices looking for reduced sentences. Why would you issue the death penalty to someone who you aren’t even 100% sure they committed the crime? Are you going to listen to somebody in jail who could have made a deal to snitch on somebody? They could easily be lying. You shouldn’t put someone’s life on the line when your witnesses are people in jail. Apparently they did something too, they got in trouble too, why listen to them.
The death penalty should not be allowed in this country. We have the resources to keep society safe from criminals, so, it is unnecessary to have such an inhuman and degrading punishment. This punishment does not stop crime. It might stop crime from the one person, but so would putting them in jail. Executing one person isn’t going to stop the rest of the country. Giving in to it wastes essential money which in turn, destroys our economy. And, there also might be some reasonable doubt to someone’s guilt. The death penalty should be stopped.
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