Capital Punishment For Capital Gain Essay

762 Words Oct 31st, 2014 4 Pages
Ending Capital Punishment for Capital Gain

According to McLaughlin (2014), thirty-two states continue to use the death penalty in order to deter crime and as a punishment for committing crime. Until recently, the attempt to abolish the death penalty has been unsuccessful. The focus of abolishing capital punishment was often on wrongful executions. An example of wrongful execution is the case of Cameron Todd Willingham, who was executed in 2004 for murdering his three young daughters by “intentionally setting fire to the family home in Corsicana, Texas.” In 2009, it was determined by the Texas Forensic Science Commission panel that state and local arson investigators used “flawed science” when they labeled the fire as arson; but Todd had already been executed on Feb. 16, 2004. While tragic, wrongful execution is no longer the focus. The new focus places less emphasis on the morality of capital punishment and redirects the focus to the cost. This new focus has been a successful argument, especially considering the recent state of the economy. The death penalty should be abolished because it is extraordinarily expensive, is not proven to deter crime, and eliminates the irreversibility of executing the wrong person. The death penalty is expensive because of the lengthy and complex process that is in place to conduct a trial for a capital case. Costs can include pre-trial and trial expenses,…

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