Capital Punishment Is A Waste Of Our Tax Dollars Essay

1730 Words Oct 9th, 2015 7 Pages
Capital punishment has no place in American society and the steady decrease in support for it shows that many Americans believe it is inhumane. Capital punishment is a waste of our tax dollars, prone to racial discrimination, and unsuccessful as a deterrent to crime. The amount of botched and wrongful executions conducted in Florida outweigh any benefits of the death penalty. We would benefit more from completely removing our capital punishment policy in Florida and sentencing those convicted of capital murder to life without the possibility of parole instead. The state of Florida should abandon our current capital punishment policies in favor of a more humane and less expensive policy.
Capital punishment, often referred to as the death penalty, goes back to 1622 in the colony of Virginia. In the 1800’s, the U.S. used the automatic death penalty, executing anyone who was found guilty of committing serious crimes, often murder. This was changed in the 1900’s when a law was passed to give juries the choice to decide whether a defendant received the death penalty or a life sentence. This policy remained until 1972, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the death penalty was a ‘cruel and unusual punishment’ in the case of Furman v. Georgia. Executions were suspended following the ruling of this case to give the state legislature’s time to revise law. In 1976, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on behalf of the states that capital punishment was Constitutional, and that defendants could…

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