Egeberg's Views On The Rest Of The Death Penalty

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Rest in Peace Death Penalty
Since the dawn of man, we have been executing people for various crimes. We have sadistically stoned adulterers, drowned witches, burned heretics at the stake, the list of these heinous executions goes on and on. As the years went on, the ways in which we executed became more humane, but that does not take away from the fact that this morbid tradition is wrong (Costanzo 1-7). The death penalty is an extreme policy that must be abolished.
People of different religious status, society rank, and job positions agree on one thing: capital punishment should be obliterated. Illinois’ former governor states, “I think it’s the right and just thing to abolish the death penalty and punish those who commit heinous crime—evil
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Ross was convicted and put to death for murdering eight women. He was a very tortured individual and went from victim to victimizer. When he was first convicted, he pleaded for his life claiming mental insanity, but over the years his depression and guilt took over and he greatly welcomed his sentence. He felt he owed the families of his victims his life as closure and attempted suicide a few times. While he was on death row he wrote many reflections on spirituality and some of them were published in periodicals and posted on the internet. In one of his reflections, he admitted to fear the prospect of heaven because he felt that he did not belong in the same place as the innocent women he murdered; he was unworthy. In this instance, raising his morality and consciousness along with imprisonment was punishment …show more content…
From 1978 to 1999 taxpayers in Maryland have been estimated to spend 186 million dollars for five executions. Although these sound like exorbitant amounts of money, they are nothing compared to the fees in California; California’s capital punishment fees cost tax payers 114 million dollars more than the cost of imprisonment for life. In the executions of thirteen people since 1976 the state has spent an approximate total of 250 million dollars per execution (High Cost of Death Row). Although many people support capital punishment, it should be abolished because it is morally unjust, flawed, and costly. According to Erwin Chemerinsky, even the court is questioning death penalty, “a majority of the Court was (and continues to be) deeply concerned about how the death penalty is administered in the United States” (Connors 197). In light of their doubt, it would be prudent for the Supreme Court to do away with the death

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