A Time For Change : The Death Penalty Essay

1113 Words Sep 6th, 2015 5 Pages
A Time for Change The death penalty has been around for a long time. The first established death penalty laws date as far back as the Eighteenth Century B.C. in the Code of King Hammaurabi of Babylon. In the Tenth Century A.D., hanging became the usual method of execution in Britain. America 's use of the death penalty was influenced by Britain more than any other country, and the use of the death penalty continues today. However, even with its long history, capital punishment is slowly being abolished by different parts of the world, as it should. The death penalty should be ended for many reasons, but the main focal points are: the cost of keeping it alive, the innocent being wrongly committed, and the violation of human rights. Financial costs to taxpayers of capital punishment are several times that of keeping someone in prison for life. No taxpayer should have their money used towards the costs of capital punishment. “California taxpayers have paid more than $250 million for each of the state’s 11 executions” (www.amnestyusa.org/death-penalty). The death penalty is not the only way to keep justice and it would be less expensive to completely abolish it. “In California, the current system costs $137 million per year; it would cost $11.5 million for a system without the death penalty” (www.amnestyusa.org/death-penalty/death-penalty-facts/death-penalty-cost/page.do?id=1101084). Money spent on the death penalty takes away resources from other state needs. The…

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