In the state of New Jersey sentencing a criminal to death has been outlawed by the government however, many other states in the United States still uphold the right to sentence an individual to punishment of death. The New Jersey government has deemed this punishment excruciatingly cruel and inhumane claiming that no matter what crime the individual has committed the penalty of death is improper and unlawful. However, the death penalty should be legalized in New Jersey because certain criminals whom commit acts of violence or terror should be put to death to ease the suffering of the families of the victim or victims and also to stop any potential future crimes this person may commit and to set an example to any other possible felons. This law is not inhumane and should be re-instated. It should be used specifically on particular people who commit heinous crimes.
Public opinion across the United States still remains solidly in favor of capital punishment, with 62 percent supporting the death penalty for murderers and 32 percent opposed (Richburg, A03).
Majority of Americans believe the death penalty to be a suitable punishment for those who truly deserve it. For example, murderers, rapists, and any other felons who commit serious acts of violence and terror should be put to death for reparations to the people and families of the people involved in the act. It is common in New Jersey for a 1st degree murderer to be punished anywhere from 15 years to life in prison depending on the specific circumstances of the crime. When someone kills another person with an intention to cause death they should be put to death so that the hearts of the families will rest easier so to speak knowing that their loved one’s killer has received a fate that he or she well deserved. Vengeance is an extremely common feeling for those who have had their loved ones hurt or killed. For example, when a mother loses her child she is greatly affected by this tragedy and it is most common for her to seek revenge against the one or ones who put her child’s life to an end. When she is to see her child’s killer on death row, that sight alone may raise a relaxation to her knowing that her son was avenged and that the killer will never inflict that kind of pain to another person ever again.
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Not all people have vengeance but a lot of people do. Death can be horrible and it can be beautiful and rewarding, it is not up to us however to “play god”. We don’t have the right as humanity to decide who dies and who lives, this is a common argument for people opposed to the death penalty. They take a biblical approach in an attempt to get more religious people on their side and support their views. However, if someone is causing more harm than good for example killing or raping people, we are the ones who have to live with these people why should it not be our decision on if they may live or die. They kill and rape innocent people and cause endless pain to their victim’s loved ones, why should they not be cast out of our society in the most brutal and final of all ways? “God” does not have to live with these people in his neighborhood, we do, so that gives us the right to kill those who deserve to be killed. There are several other reasons why someone should be put to death however.
In extreme cases such as the Ted Bundy case, who was convicted of multiple murders and was sentenced to death by electric chair, actually had somewhat of a large audience outside the penitentiary cheering and celebrating. Bringing death to another person for crimes that they had committed brings a lightening of suffering to the victims and those affected. The death penalty in the United States however is not only used on those who commit multiple murder, it can be used on people who commit less than that. Also, Richard Kuklinski also known as “The Iceman Killer”, was a serial killer and was apprehended in New Jersey on five counts of murder. He was sentenced but not given the death penalty, he later died in prison at age 70 from another inmate. He was claimed to have killed anywhere from 100 to 300 victims. He would have been a prime candidate for the death penalty. These however are extreme cases of murder, the classic “eye for an eye” idea should be used when considering the punishment of death, however it should only be used with those individuals who had intention of killing another person.
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Rapists as well should be given the death penalty when sentenced. Unlike murder when someone is raped it is a experience the victim will carry for the rest of their life, they are almost tortured by it. Rape causes severe mental and emotional damage to it’s victims and the families of those victims. The rapists should therefore be put to death for causing this irreversible damage to their victims. Most rapists or any sex offenders for that matter are repeat offenders, and by giving them the death penalty that will stop any further crimes that they are more than likely to commit. Murderers can be repeat offenders depending on many circumstances that revolve around the crime, but repeat sex offenders are increasingly more common then murderers. One of the most horrible forms of sexual crimes are the crimes that have to do with children. Those offenders should definitely be put to their death no matter what the circumstances are.
True, it does cost a lot of money to keep a prisoner on death row, but if we came up with a less expensive way to put those criminals to death, it would be a lot cheaper. Hypothetically, if we were to push a death row prisoner off a cliff and they fall to their death, it would not cost anywhere near as much as lethal injection or the electric chair. This is of coarse an extreme idea but however it brings along a good point of how much money could be saved when using less expensive methods such as a firing squad. If we were to simply shoot them in the head that would probably cost less than ten dollars realistically.
Murderers and rapists should receive the highest amount of punishment because of their aggressive and tragic actions which caused their victims and their victims families severe pain and suffering on an emotional and physical level. By killing these criminals it may also send out a warning to any other potential murderers or rapists, letting them know that if they commit any of these acts even once, they will be put to their death. When the threat of the death penalty is issued the homicide rate goes down impressively. Most people in general have a fear of death and will take a lot of measures to avoid it including stop committing crimes that will get them killed. Incarceration these days has become to simple and easy for most prisoners. They may basically just sit there and watch television or get in shape and eat for the next 20 years before they are executed. They can even come out with a degree, or trade, or any other self improvement technique. People who commit severe violent or sexual crimes have it too easy so to speak while they are incarcerated and just treated normally like all the other inmates no matter what crime was committed.
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The more prisoners we get in this state the more prisons we are going to have to build. Raising a prison is not an easy thing to do because no one wants one in their neighborhood. They say to build them all around anywhere, except for by their house or where their family lives. All in all, by executing all of the current prisoners who committed severe crimes or even just sentencing all of the new comers to death, this will definitely help the need to not build extra jails anywhere. The common amount of prisoners who are serving time for more serious offenses is about 18%, this is including murderers and rapists (Robbins, 2).
By not building up jails New Jersey can focus their money on other more important projects. The common person does not really care about the prison life unless they know someone incarcerated, otherwise their view is as long as it’s not around them they don’t care.
Furthermore, by executing people who commit severe violent or sexual crimes there will be more room in the prisons we currently have built, and the idea of overcrowding in current prisons will go down for awhile. Although, it is going to take a while even if the death penalty was re-instated today for the prisoners who would be serving on death row to be executed. It can take up to 20 years, that is uncommon for someone on death row, but it’s not impossible.
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The death penalty is one of the oldest punishments dating all the way back to the era of biblical times. Although, back in those days it was more common for someone to get death for trespassing or vandalism and slander than to receive the death penalty for murder or rape. People look at this idea and think how wrong that was because people were being put to death for misdemeanor reasons, but only the truly violent and sexually offensive should be put to death in today’s times. Many other states in the present still uphold the right to sentence their criminals to death upon those who deserve it. The most common ways today for someone to be put to death is by lethal injection and electric chair. The government looks for methods which are deemed more humane and have less chance of suffering for the criminal. Cheaper ways of executing these criminals is always trying to be found, one example is to bring back hanging which is they hang by the noose until they are pronounced dead, but they can suffer from this because their neck may not break upon initial impact. Finding less inexpensive ways to execute is one of the very difficult missions for governments who still have the death penalty or also for those states considering the death penalty.
On December 17th in 2007 acting governor Jon Corzine signed off to ban the death penalty from the state of New Jersey (America,6).
Unfortunately the death penalty is held illegal at the moment, although it is more than likely to be re-instated due to the rise of crime and need for more prisons coming closer and closer. The death penalty has by far many more pros than cons for it’s use, providing families of victim’s closure, making sure that these people never commit the same crime again, setting an example to any potential criminals by instilling the fear of death into them, and several other valid and important reasons. This is perhaps one of the most controversial topics debated about right up next to abortion. It is an issue that will never stop being debated, because everyone believes that they are right in this argument.
In conclusion, the death penalty should be allowed in New Jersey and should be repealed from the law. There are a substantial number of people who feel that capital punishment should be allowed. It should at least be up to the people who lost their family members whether this person who killed or harmed their loved ones should live or die. This should be done because when the criminal had his or her interaction with these peoples loved ones, the criminal did not give their victim a chance to decide whether they want to live or die, and nor should the killer be allowed any say in their own death. “An eye for an eye” theory should be used on these certain situations, and the same goes for rapists as well not only murderers. The rapists destroy the person on the inside and cause them to continue life forever in agony. All in all, these horrible criminals should be put to their demise when they murder or rape, by doing so this provides many more benefits not only to those in the initial case but to many other people as well.
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Richburg, Keith B. “N.J. Approves Abolition Of The Death Penalty; Corzine To Sign.” The Washington Post. Lexis Nexis. Middlesex County College Library. 14 Dec. 2007
Robbins, Helena C. “Fiscal Pressures Lead Some States to Free Inmates Early.” The Washington Post. Lexis Nexis. Middlesex County College Library. 5 May 2008.
“New Jersey Lawmakers Abolish Death Penalty.” America. EBSCOhost. Middlesex County College Library.
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