The Death Penalty Should Be Outlawed Essay

2094 Words Dec 15th, 2016 9 Pages
The Death Penalty has long been used in the U.S to punish individuals for the most brutal crimes committed. Its use has been justified on the grounds that it is a strong deterrent for crimes. However, taking a life for a life has not proven to be effective in preventing crimes. The use of the Death Penalty should be outlawed because its pros far outweigh its cons. High cost that is funded by taxpayer money, the availability of other methods of punishing crimes, the possibility of wrongful convictions and the ineffective nature of its use all serve to support the notion that the death penalty should be outlawed. As of 2013, 18 states have abolished the Death Penalty. These states include Alaska, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia and Wisconsin, Connecticut, Washington, D.C (Hubert, 2013). This means that more than half of the country still practice the Death Penalty. Compared to other forms of criminal sentencing, the cost of the Death Penalty is significantly higher. The extensive and long process of trials seeking the death penalty subjects it to more expenses than other trials. Cases that seek the death penalty cost as much as $1.2 millions dollars. However, cases that don’t seek the death penalty cost around $740,000. Court fees, longer trials, jury selection, appeals and maintaining prisoners on death row all contribute to the high cost. The…

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