The Death Penalty: Keeping Our Society Safe Essay

1790 Words Apr 2nd, 2013 8 Pages
Cassie Leahy
11 May 2012
The Death Penalty: Keeping Our Society Safe As of April 1, 2008, there were 3,320 convicted murderers on death row, and of those 3,320 people, 65% of the murderers had a prior felony conviction (“The Death” 1). At the time that the 3,320 murderers on death row committed their crime, 26.7% of the murderers were on probation or parole (“The Death” 1). Therefore, it is obvious that convicted murderers pose a colossal threat to our society because the murders may not only commit murder once. When the death penalty is enforced, repeat criminals and murderers are no longer a threat; furthermore, the death penalty acts as a deterrent (Ornellas 6). Additionally, the death penalty provides swift justice for the victims
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An example of a case like this is the case of Robert Massie who murdered a mother of two and then was offered the chance of parole for testifying against his accomplice (Hall 1). According to Charlene Hall, “Massie was paroled, but eight months later robbed and murdered businessman Boris Naumoff in San Francisco” (Hall 1). The case of Robert Massie shows that convicted murderers can be set free only to murder again, creating an enormous threat to the safety of society. Out of a number of 1,000 murderers, an estimate puts the number of victims at around 1,895 people (Hall 1). This means that several of the 1,000 murderers committed murder more than once. It is obvious that murderers often have more than one victim and, therefore, put the safety of the population at risk. Of the 3,320 on death row on January 1, 2005, 14% of the criminals had amassed more than one death sentence (“The Death” 1). When the death penalty is not being enforced, all of the felons have the possibility of escaping. According to the FBI, in the notorious case of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Champion Barrow, Clyde was put in prison before escaping using a gun Bonnie had smuggled to him (“Bonnie” 1). After escaping, Clyde joined Bonnie and went on a crime spree that ended in several robberies and an estimated thirteen murders (“Bonnie” 1). If felons were to escape, like Clyde Champion Barrow, the safety of the

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