Unjust Death Penalty

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Society has the job of keeping an order in delivering each person what he deserves. Above all, crime disturbs this just order, for a criminal takes from citizens their God given rights such as life, liberties and the pursuit of happiness. Suitable punishment protects society righteously by restoring this just order, making the violator pay a price equivalent to the harm he has done. Capital punishment is among these enforced punishments. Capital punishment is currently a legal penalty in the United States which is being used by 31 states and also the federal government. This penalty is reserved for the cruelest of crimes such as murder and treason. This punishment however has flaws with which the federal government and the states need to look …show more content…
The time from which the criminal is convicted to when he is executed is an enduring amount of time that is wasted. The federal and state death penalty system is a long and agonizing ordeal that with this bill could become a swift and smooth process. In a novel, published in 1980, it states, “there have been only three executions since 1976” (Sellin). Just in the state of California alone, an execution has not occurred since ten years ago. After California’s last execution in the year of 2006, problems that had arose regarding lethal injection protocols brought the state’s execution system to a halt. “Because of different legal issues surrounding the state’s lethal injection procedures, executions have not taken place since 2006” (California). Ever since this complication, the execution process never restarted. Meanwhile, California’s death row is the largest in the country and continues to grow causing further problems regarding the death penalty system. Convicts are on death row for far too long before any action towards the execution actually occurs, showing that this bill should be passed to solve this relevant …show more content…
Those who oppose may propose that the cost to execute is far more than sentencing a convict to life in prison. Another argument could focus on the convict being found innocent by the use of appeals. Those who are against the death penalty will no doubt argue that the death penalty costs too much and that life in prison is more just. “The death penalty costs three times as much as permanent imprisonment” (Mitchell). The death penalty happens to cost so much because of how lengthy the process is, showing that changes need to be made in order to make it more effective and cheaper. The major cost of being on death row results from the trial and the appeals. “Even if the California Supreme Court affirms the death sentence, the inmate can initiate appeals on separate constitutional issues. Called Writs of Habeas Corpus, these appeals may be heard in both state and federal courts and can be used to introduce new information or evidence presented at trial” (Brown; Kernan). This bill will strictly limit the amount of appeals the criminal has, shortening the time he has on death row and lowering the total cost of the whole process. Also, people do not realize that the money they are paying for prisons goes to the prisoner’s meals, shelter, and other undeserved luxuries that criminals under the death penalty should not be able to enjoy for what they did to get there. A murder does

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