Ethical Essay: The Ethics Of The Death Penalty
The death penalty how much does society really knows or understand about the process? Many people view the death penalty a justice “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth ( mathew5:38).” The victim’s family might feel that the criminal is to be punished to the highest degree for his crime. Most people feel that is justice. However, most people do not really know much about the process of executing a death row inmate, how much more the death penalty cost comparing with keeping an inmate in prison for life without parole. The death penalty is unethical and waste of millions of dollars, because the death penalty is a very slow process, and waste of taxpayers’ money.
In the United States the number one way the death penalty …show more content…
Lambert was 53 years old white man who was visiting Texas. Graham was original from Arizona. Gary Graham, who was executed in Texas in 2000, is a perfect example of the corrupt system. Graham was 17 years old and was charged with shooting Bobby Lambert outside of Houston Supermarket on 1987. He was sentenced to the death penalty on one witness testimony. Bernadine Skillern who seen the killer face for few second from car window 30-40 feet away. The two store clerks said Graham was the man who commits the crime, but their testimony never was in court. The day of the execution there were 25 members of the Ku Klux Klan was there. This was racially motivated action. The present of the Ku Klux Klan is proof of it. Graham was executed by lethal injection. Graham lawyers have failed him also, the corrupt system. Which most people do not have any idea about what it takes to find someone guilty or the cost of the death penalty vs life in prison without parole? (Report: Gary Graham, 2000).
Texas spends each year 2.3 million dollars of tax payer’s money on the death penalty. Life sentence without parole is three times less expensive. The reason for this is it is a very slow process; it can take about 20 years or more. Gary Graham was convicted of a crime he did in 1981; however he was executed in 2000. Even if the criminal was guilty of the crime the process is very long process (Costs of the Death Penalty, …show more content…
According to Federal Bureau of Investigation data the states that have death penalty have homicide rates very high compare to the states that do not have death penalty. Murder rates in 2013 the states with death penalty was 4.72 and the states without death penalty was 3.88.The difference is 22%. According to FBI crime report the high number states has death penalty is the southern states 80% of the death penalty and northeast states have 1% Costs of the Death Penalty, 2011-2013).
The Governor of Washington State said “There are too many flaws in the system. And when the ultimate decision is death there is too much at stake to accept an imperfect system” (Bacon) Absolutely there is no evidence that says the death penalty will reduce or diminish crime rates. This information has been giving the general public false information. Allot of times those states that have death penalty have executed the mentally or intellectually ill people with unfair treatments, and false confessions