Death Penalty Essay

831 Words Feb 23rd, 2013 4 Pages
Death Penalty

Imagine yourself as a mother sitting by the window, looking at the swing set in your backyard, remembering memories of your son, an accused murdered now facing the death penalty. You know there must be some mistake. You cannot understand how your son could ever do something so terrible. Imagine yourself next as a father whose daughter was brutally murdered, and whose killer has been sentenced to the death penalty. You desire to push the button that sends the lethal drugs flowing through his veins. The death penalty has been the cause of many emotional, political and ethical debates since its inception. At what point do we as human beings agree or disagree with the Death Penalty if the victim or the
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Despite the fact that African Americans make up only 13 % of the nation’s population, almost 50 % of those currently on the federal death row are African American.

As with any great debate topic there are pros and cons that have to be talked about. Each side needs to be heard from. Since the Death Penalty has been reinstated, 87 people have been freed from death row because they were later proven innocent. In the state of Maryland the average Death Penalty case resulting in the death sentence costs approximately 3 million dollars. The cost to Maryland taxpayers for cases from 1978-1999 were 186 million dollars. Death Row inmates spend over a decade awaiting execution. Some inmates have been on death row for over 20 years resulting in millions of taxpayer dollars being spent. A new survey by the New York Times found that states without the death penalty have lower homicide rates than states with the death penalty. The Times reports that ten of the twelve states without the death penalty have homicide rates below the national average, whereas half of the states with the death penalty have homicide rates above. During the last 20 years, the homicide rate in states with the death penalty has been 48% - 101% higher than in states without the death penalty.

The other side of the Death Penalty coin is the fact, that for the victims and families, there is closure when the accused offender is executed. The Death Penalty deters criminals

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