Death Penalty Is An Appropriate Form Of Punishment Essay

1034 Words Aug 22nd, 2015 5 Pages
In Texas, the Dallas Morning News concluded that a death penalty case costs an average of $2.3 million, about three times the cost of imprisoning someone in a single cell at the highest security level for 40 years (Cost). Whereas European and most other fully developed countries have abolished the death penalty for all offenses, the U.S. federal government and 31 of its states are still holding on to capital punishment. This controversy is very emotionally and hotly debated throughout the country, whenever violent crimes are brought to our attention, but rarely can a common ground be found as to whether the death penalty is an appropriate form of punishment. Because the death penalty no longer meets any societal aims and trials for capital punishment are biased and unjust, this punishment should be completely abolished in the United States, at the federal and state level. Capital punishment does not have a legitimate social function anymore, which would be to deter crime, and serve as some kind of retribution. As Richard C. Dieter, Executive Director Death Penalty Information Center, says in his speech before the Colorado House Judiciary Committee, “In public opinion polls, there is a clear upward trend in support for life-without-parole sentences as a substitute for the death penalty. Moreover, the states without the death penalty have fared better in reducing their murder rates than states with the death penalty (Cost).” This passage shows that the death penalty as a…

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