Essay on The Death Penalty

874 Words Dec 29th, 2010 4 Pages
The Death Penalty
Cynthia Jackson
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
Instructor: Jeanette Maxey
December 20, 2010

The Death Penalty Capital punishment in the 21st century endures many inequalities and injustices. The common arguments for the death penalty are filled with inadequacies. Having the death penalty is both expensive and time consuming to sentence criminals to death. The most frequently raised argument for capital punishment is retributive. According to a recent analysis sending to a person to prison for life costs $1.1 million and sending a person to death row costs $3 million because of appeals and enhanced spending to house the individuals on death row (Schaefer). As a deterrent to crime, the death penalty
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S. and Canada is the level of lethal violence. Using victimization surveys, they argue that the level of crime in the two countries is similar but that there are more homicides in the U.S. because guns are more prevalent (www.questia.com). Many countries have different opinions on the death penalty for example. A most recent survey found about eighty per cent of Japanese was in favor of capital punishment. Such strong support for death penalty is bolstered by certain serious crimes in the past few years. Many Japanese appeared to favor the classic argument that it is a deterrent to crime. Another example, Taiwan plans to abolish the Death Penalty, According to the Justice Ministry, 17 criminals was executed in 2000, 24 in 1999 and 32 in 1998. On 17 May 2001, the Justice Minister mentioned his plan to abolish the death sentence within three years as a response to repeated appeals by international human rights groups (www.acpp.org). I believe the death penalty should be legal because without the death penalty there are no consequences for the actions of serial murders, serial rapist and others that commit horrific crimes they are responsible for these immoral actions. Executing convicted serial murders and executing serial rapist will deter them from killing or raping innocent people again. The death penalty is a fitting action to evil. One who intentionally takes the life of an innocent individual is

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