Essays On The Death Penalty

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In the United States the death penalty is the best way to punish someone convicted of first degree murder. The law believes that this act will bring families of the victim’s at peace, and that they will be able to sleep at night; knowing that the person who took their love one’s life has been put to death. In actuality these families will never live the same again, and they will never look at life the same; dealing with death is a personal experience and the state executing someone will not do anything to make the process better. Capital punishment in no shape or form solves this tragic issue; murders have been committing murders for years. This way of punishment has been carried on through centuries, since one could be executed for stealing …show more content…
(elmontsenior12) Minorities have the highest percentage of conviction that they haven’t committed, this can be due to the race of the victim or the area where the crime was committed. This result is usually due to the the lack of funds to afford a decent lawyer, and lack of education on certain laws. “While African-Americans are twelve percent of the population of the United States, they are roughly forty-eight percent of the nation’s death row population.”(Amnesty International). The death penalty is an attack on the citizens of this country, because of the lack of reinsurance that the person that has been convicted of the murder (s) actually committed them. The death penalty is nothing less than the United States killing off their population. Killing the innocent is inhuman, and goes against everything that the U.S. promised its citizens, this punishment is cruel, and should not continue regardless of who is accused. These are unfortunate cases but they do exist, from 1973-2015 there has been 152 convicted inmates that have been acquitted; but what we must look at are those other thousands that are and have been murdered by the system. (Death Penalty Information). For example, in 2011 Troy Davis that had been on death row since 1991, was convicted of shooting and killing a police officer. During the time of the case the evidence …show more content…
(‘Death Penalty Information Center’). Putting the right murder in a high level security prison is more likely to keep citizens safe and save taxpayers money; which may defer poverty in the U.S. The cost alone should give more than enough reason for the government to abolish the death penalty, the funds should be put towards crime prevention; not criminal inspiration. With trial fees, attorney fees, and high top level of security needed, each death row inmate cost about $ 1Million dollars per case. (“Death Penalty Information Center’). This piece of information refers back to the point that the death penalty is another way for the United States to kill off its population, this system is clearly involving economics. It would be smarter economic wise to commute all death row sentences over to life in prison terms. Its seems as though because of the cost of trials, other fees, and room &board, the government believes that its more cost efficient to send these citizens to the gas chamber. There are over 3,000 states prisoners on death row today; which means by the end of the year over 50 inmates will be executed. (Death Penalty, p.1, 2015 Capital punishment forces the government to have to hire more law enforcement, however the 31 states with the death penalty continues to have the highest murder

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