Unfair Death Penalty

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The death penalty is destroying the sanctity of the United States Justice system as we know it. The most common form of carrying out the death penalty is ineffective, the whole process of the death penalty is expensive and lengthy, and people simply don’t want it anymore. It is a barbaric way of treating criminals and is more of a burden than a benefit. There are other ways to treat terrible criminals that would keep them isolated and with no chance of escaping. The death penalty, as in any case, is determined by the judge and jury. The primary form of execution in all states is currently lethal injection. This lethal injection is done in a process of one, two, or three injections. The three injection system includes an anesthetic, a sedative, …show more content…
If a criminal has done awful things, do they really deserve to live? Do we really want to waste oxygen on these human beings that clearly have no regard for other human life? Many of the people on death row have been offered second chances, but squandered those chances. If they mess up more than once, then what is the point of locking them up and hoping that they learn their lesson. Well, killing them will not solve the problem, it would just push it away for a little while. There will always be criminals, and there will always be those that think that those criminals do not deserve to live. There is a simple alternative though. Rather than go through the complicated and expensive process of execution, that inmate could be locked in a lonely cell with the key forgotten. They would be left with no one to harm but themselves, totally separated from society. If an argument for the death penalty is that it is the only way to make an inmate really pay for what they did, that argument does not hold up. As mentioned, solitary confinement is an alternative, and it is a cripplingly terrifying alternative. Prisoners in solitary confinement have been proven to have undergone severe mental problems including psychosis, paranoia, insomnia, depression, and suicidal thoughts (Breslow). Studies have been done on monkeys and college volunteers. Many of the specimen in the experiments could not last long in isolation, with …show more content…
There have been many mistakes in the administration and use of the lethal injection, and there is very little way to limit those mistakes. Putting inmates on death row is also extremely expensive for the American taxpayer. There is no reason that the American people should be forced to pay more for the “worst” criminals. Finally, many people simply do not support the death penalty anymore. Many juries do not want to be responsible for the death of a person, especially if that person was wrongly accused. There is very little reason to keep the death penalty when there are alternatives that are more effective, cost efficient, and popular. The saying goes, “An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind.” - Mahatma

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