The justice system in America is highly controversial, from life sentences for robbery and five years for murder. Time and time again the American people have to tried to change the justice system in one way or another, and some have succeeded. Such as changing the death penalty from the electric chair to a lethal injection. The lethal injection calmly and peacefully kills the prisoner, and this deeply upsets many Americans. An arm for an arm, a life for a life. Is the death penalty fair?
Many different viewpoints come into play when considering if the death penalty is fair or not. Of course, the victim’s families are going to seek the death penalty for revenge on the suspect. On the other hand, there have been cases of innocent people serving life sentences and being executed after being on death row for an unimaginable amount of time. There has recently been a case of two Mississippians that have been on death row for thirty years for a rape they did not commit. They were set for execution, and DNA testing just cleared the two from the death penalty, because they were innocent. Thinking about those two people, imagine being put in prison for thirty years, with the only thing in life to look forward to being your execution, knowing that you’re innocent. Again, is the death penalty really fair?
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The south has the highest murder rate, conducted by the FBI Uniform Crime Report of 2008. The south also has the highest execution rate, which is 80% of all executions in the United States. The northeast, on the other hand, has less than 1% of all executions, and again has the lowest murder rate. This raises an important and valid point. What does the death penalty solve? It obviously does not lower crime rate, if anything it only raises it according to crime reports.
There are several methods of execution for the death sentence, including lethal injection, electrocution, gas chamber, hanging, and firing squad, with lethal injection being the most common. Life in prison without parole versus the death sentence could save the thirty-six states that use the death sentence millions of dollars. For example, The California death penalty system costs taxpayers $114 million per year beyond the costs of keeping convicts locked up for life.
Taxpayers have paid more than $250 million for each of the state’s executions.
In conclusion, there are many other ways to severely punish deserving criminals besides the death sentence because it may help release innocent prisoners, lower murder rate, and save states millions in tax money. The death penalty is unfair, costly, and ineffective. If the judge is attempting to punish the criminal harshly and with what he or she thinks is the worst, then life without parole should be the sentence of choice.