Why Is The Death Penalty Right Or Wrong

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Death Penalty Do you think the death penalty is right or wrong? Capital punishment is a very necessary process for those who are deserving of it. The death penalty originates in the early colonial times in the 1600’s; back then, there were different laws from colony to colony.The death penalty laws and methods have had several changes since then. Some people agree with the death penalty and some do not, that is how it has always been. Since the death penalty is now used in 33 out of 50 states, that goes to show it as matter of fact is the right way to go. The victims’ families deserve closure. Atonin Scalia quotes the following, "Petitioners, sentenced to die for the crimes they committed (including, in the case of one petitioner since …show more content…
For example, they don't take into account the increase in the cost of life without parole cases if there were no death penalty. Criminal defendants who are facing the death penalty — which today must be pleaded by prosecutors up front — often want to make a deal by pleading guilty to first degree murder in exchange for a sentencing recommendation of life without parole. The existence of the death penalty as a possible sentence leads to guilty pleas that save the money spent on trials and limit the opportunity for appeals." The real question is, why would you keep a criminal alive in prison for as long as they should live? Why spend the money to keep someone like this alive. Life without parole cases cost about $1.2 million - $3.6 million more than death penalty cases. This obviously represents that the death penalty saves a lot of money, …show more content…
Joe Messerli makes an outstanding point in the following quote, “Our justice system shows more sympathy for criminals than it does victims. It's time we put the emphasis of our criminal justice system back on protecting the victim rather than the accused. Remember, a person who's on death row has almost always committed crimes before this. A long line of victims have been waiting for justice. We need justice for current and past victims.” Someone has to fight for these victims who can not do so anymore because they have lost their life. Our country and our government should be the ones fighting for

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