This topic has had a lot of controversy over the last several decades. People are very passionate, when it comes to this. They have had incidents that have happened in their lives, which have influenced their opinions. Personally, for me, I am against the death penalty. I knew the man on the motorcycle that shot the man in the back of the jeep about a year ago. The man, who did the shooting, was my sister’s best friend’s step-dad; he was a really nice man, at least from what I knew about him. We heard all about how Wisconsin should have the death penalty, and that he should receive it. It hurt to know that people wanted this man dead. I have always been against the penalty, but this made me fully support against it. My friend’s sister will be able to see her step-dad, even though he will be in prison. It is still better than not being able to see him at all. Obviously, murder is the most evil thing you can do. However, I believe that everyone makes mistakes, and murder is a dumb mistake. I am glad that Wisconsin does not have the death penalty.
One main reason that I am against the death penalty is because it is very expensive. We spend an extensive amount of money every year dealing with death penalty cases. These expenses include attorneys, court, judges, appeals, and the execution. These all are paid by American people’s taxes. It is a lot of more expensive to put the criminals to death rather than just keeping them in prison for life without parole. The additional cost of confining an inmate to death row, as compared to the maximum security prisons where those sentenced to life is $90,000 per year per inmate. So for the state of California, there are about 670 inmates. This costs $60.3 million alone. For the whole process for an execution, it will cost about two to three million dollars. For example, in Florida, fifty-seven million dollars were spent on eight executions. According to Death Penalty Information Center, North Carolina spends an average of $2.16 million more per execution than a lifetime sentence without the chance of parole. Even though the executions cost a lot of money, there are many states that still use the death penalty.
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A majority of the states currently have an active death penalty policy. Thirty four states in the United States of America have to death penalty. Also, the United States government and military have the death penalty. Many of the states that have the penalty are in fact from the south. California leads all the states with death row inmates and executions. At this time, Wisconsin is one of the few states that do not. To not have the penalty, means that the state abolished it at some point. The most recent state to abolish was New Mexico in 2009.Understanding why states have abolished the penalty is important, so you get a sense of why they did what they did.
According to scientists at Amnesty International, the crime has not gone down in the states that have the death penalty. The criminals are simply not afraid of the penalty. It has little effect to them; they decide that the rewards out gain the risks, so they murder. The states without the death penalty continue to have a significantly lower murder rates than the states with the death penalty. This significantly shows that the death penalty is worthless. Thorsten Sellin, a scientist, conducted a study. He found that there was no valid difference before and after the death penalty was put into place. After reading all of these statistics and facts, this made me think even more that the death penalty should be allowed to exist. Since we talked about the establishment in some states, let’s talk about why the people voted to have this policy.
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Many citizens argue that the people are scum. They do not deserve to be able to breathe, if they have taken someone else’s life. That person may have had a family that now is left on their own or left without knowing their family. They get what they deserve, is often times what is said. I can understand why people say what they do. If it was my family, close friends, or someone I knew, I would want a hard punishment for the murderer as well. Tere Duperrault Fassbender, a survivor, lived to tell her story. Her family was murdered on a boat, when she was 11 years old. She was rescued at sea, but she was sent to live in an orphanage. She had lived there for several years, but eventually adopted by her relatives, but she had severe trauma.The Pflug family spent their whole life trying to find the person who killed Greg Pflug. And after 31 years, the case has still not been resolved. They have no leads or anything. Since we have taken a look at this opposing view, there is another main viewpoint.
You must take a look from the victim’s standpoint. You probably think you know what they are going through and how they feel. You must think the want reconciliation for the unfortunate, tragic event. I, myself, thought that as well; I would have thought that people would seek/want vengeance. Center for Survey Research, at Virginia Tech, did a study that showed that about sixty percent of the citizens of Virginia favor the life in prison without parole rather than death.
The prisons have become very overpopulated, throughout the recent years. The prisons are already full, so some extra room is helpful. According to the BJS report, there are several prisons operating at over 100 percent capacity. If the person is sent to death, there is an open spot for someone else, to be able to take. There is a chance that they will be killed anyways in prison. Many people have actually been killed in prison. Even after the people are for putting people to death, there are actually people that are innocent that are on death row. There are more prisons planned to be built but until then, they will continue to be crowded. Some of these people that are put in these prisons are innocent.
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In many citizens’ eyes, the most important piece of not having the death penalty is the DNA evidence. Many people who are put on death row are actually innocent. Throughout the many, long years of trial the defendants have proved their innocence. One hundred-thirty eight people have been proved innocent, since 1973. In about 30% of the cases, it was just an eyewitness error. DNA evidence takes a while to develop, so when it comes back from the lab, the defendant proves that they really were not guilty. Some people have been executed even though they were believed to be innocent. There was never any real evidence pinning the defendant to the crime. Some people believe that the jury was biased, so they voted to make the man/woman guilty. For example, Troy Davis was heavily believed by the authorities to not be guilty. However, they went against all of the evidence that never proved him guilty and executed him.
In conclusion, there are only two sides when it comes to the death penalty. You are either for it, or you are against it. Multiple points back up what side that they believe in. There are many flaws with the death penalty, however. Too many innocent people have been put to death for no reason. Their families will never be able to see them again because the jury seemed to find them guilty. Not a single bit of evidence linked them to the crime, and they still were put to death. It is too costly for each of the states that have an active penalty. If we did not have to spend our American dollars on this, it might be able to help out our economy. If only we have more prisons built and put the murderer away for life without parole, we would be saving the states and the country hundreds of millions of dollars. About one-third of the states do not have the death penalty. If the economy keeps going the way it is, who knows what the states will do to make up the deficit. The states that have the penalty believe that the murderer deserves what he/she is charged with (put to death.) If the victims’ families do not even think that they should pay with their life for murdering their loved one, how should we?
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