The Death Penalty Should Be Legal Essay

1092 Words Jan 26th, 2016 5 Pages
The death penalty has been used for thousands of years, dating all the way back to Hammurabi’s Code in the 1700s BC, which is most known for its famous line, “an eye for an eye”. It is still in use today, and is the subject of much controversy for a few main reasons. One, some people question the ethics of killing someone. Two, it costs an average of $90,000 more per year per prisoner to keep a prisoner on death row as opposed to a normal jail, according to Rone Tempest, award-winning author of the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, in Death Penalty Focus: The High Cost of the Death Penalty. This money comes from taxpayers, which is the main reason that the cost of the death penalty causes so much controversy. Another reason that the death penalty is a big controversy is that Doctors and Pharmacists are not very willing to assist with the death penalty, as it can be seen as going against their Hippocratic Oath to not harm any of their patients. In America, the issue that affects the most people is the economic side of the controversial issue of the death penalty, because every citizen has to pay taxes. So, although the death penalty may have made sense in the past when executions were swift, they do not make sense in today’s money-driven world of retrials, appeals, and decades of waiting on death row. As prisons, and ultimately taxpayers, have to pay $90,000 extra a year for every prisoner kept on death row, the sheer amount of time that the average prisoner…

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