Capital Punishment: The Importance Of The Death Penalty

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Taking the life of another has been considered a heinous crime that is worthy of capital punishment; but should taking the life of a person who has taken the life of another be justified? Is the murderer’s life less important than that of the person whose life he took? The death penalty has been the highest form of punishment around the United States, execution of innocent men, its negative influence on our society and the offence it has against human rights are all concerns that make the capital punishment wrong.
The first established death penalty laws date as far back ats the Eighteenth Century B.C. in the Code of King Hammurabi of Babylon, which codified the death penalty for 25 different crimes. The first evidence of the death penalty
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The death penalty gives attention to offenders and murderers that do not deserve it. We as a society teach our children that violence does not solve anything but what message is sent every time we use our highest form of punishment to punish someone in a way that is no different that the crime they committed; before the media, it was rare to see a corpse, let alone someone dying, but now people don’t think twice when they see someone in a movie getting killed by a bullet or jumping from in front of a car. This goes to show that the concept of human life has lost its meaning to us. The message sent every time this form of punishment is used is that it’s okay to take a life for a life, eye for an eye. The official power to kill has never elevated a society, brought back a life and has never inspired anything but death. Although a selected few might say that it brings closure to the victim’s loved ones, it actually does the opposite. It may feel like justice has been served to a murderer, but really more pain has been caused. So now instead of having one life lost, we have two. Most of the time it is possible that the prosecuted person was a victim of the crime they were accused of, still leaving two families with nothing but pain. Executions have a corrupting effect on the public and are just an expression of absolute power of the state. Executions do …show more content…
The cost of carrying out an execution consists of the maintainer of an electric chair, lethal injections or other devices used for executions, cost related to execution and burial of the person executed. There’s also the attorney cost which is higher in capital cases because attorneys spend an abundant amount of hours at each level of the criminal proceedings. A prisoner spends an average of eight years on death row and during this time the prisoner must be maintained in a special maximum security facility for death row inmates. In 1978, the annual cost of housing a prisoner in New York was $15,050 while the cost of maintaining the prisoner was $602,000. Similarly in Florida, the expense of death row and execution is estimated to be six times more. The prisoners, condemned, are not permitted to work in the prison to repay the state for the costs of his or her confinement. . A single death penalty case ranges from $1 million to $3 million. The state of California has the largest and costliest death row amounting to 714 inmates. Between 1980 and 2012, California spent about $4.6 billion dollars on the death penalty for 13 people. This equal $308 million on one execution. In North Carolina, a study performed found that there would be a $2 million difference between a death sentence and a life without parole sentence. It has been found that a death penalty

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