The Pros And Cons Of Capital Punishment In California

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Capital punishment is a widely controversial topic, and depending on the country, state, and religion, positions on the matter vary. Capital Punishment, also referred to as execution, or the death penalty, is defined as the government authorized killing of someone that has been convicted of a capital crime. In California, the following are considered Capital Crimes; “first-degree murder with special circumstances; sabotage; train wrecking causing death; treason; perjury causing execution of an innocent person; fatal assault by a prisoner serving a life sentence.” Public executions have been a long lasting tradition in our history. The first documented execution in California was in April 1878, when four Native Americans were shot for plotting a murder. Executions were continuously performed prior to the California Supreme Court case of People v. Anderson, which decided …show more content…
One reason could be that many people believe it is less expensive to kill and inmate, rather than keep them alive, therefore, more people vote in favor of the death penalty. Another reason, is that death is commonly feared, and by creating a punishment for serious crimes that is so drastic, people would only assume that fear of death would be enough to prevent crimes from occurring. The system works hard to uncover the truth, but every system is bound to have some flaws, because nothing is 100% certain. We enforce punishments because we as a society, have expectations for one another. Because we understand the implications of imposing the death penalty on someone, the system works hard to make sure there is a sufficient amount of evidence to prove that the individual is guilty. For this reason, it does cost more to sentence someone to death. It is essentially inevitable that mistakes will be made, but the real question here is if the costs can outweigh the

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