The Death Penalty : An Effective And Defective System Of Punishment

1351 Words May 8th, 2016 6 Pages
The death penalty has been viewed as both an effective and defective system of punishment. However, this style of execution is proven to be financially expensive, immoral, unreliable, and overall not the most successful method of criminal correction. Usage of the death penalty should be used only for the most harrowing crimes, such as mass murder and acts of terrorism or treason. Deontologists view the death penalty as a justifiable solution to a problem, as it is fulfilling a duty to uphold the law. Utilitarians believe that there are better, more humane ways of punishing someone than painfully electrocuting them to death, which may take several tries before the person actually dies. Libertarians consider human life sacred, and are predominately one hundred percent against the death penalty as a form of problem resolution. Surprisingly enough, the cost of capital punishment outweighs the cost of a lifetime in prison. According to a legal resources organization, the death penalty “costs U.S. taxpayers between $50 and $90 million dollars more per year (depending on the jurisdiction) to prosecute death penalty cases than life sentences” (Which is Cheaper). These costs are coming from the DNA tests the suspect undergoes- along with the DNA results expert, the multiple appeals, and the additional attorneys and lawyers required that have a specialty in the death penalty. Along with the medical and security expenses, capital punishment is racking up quite the bill,…

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