Analysis Of Capital Punishment: What Happened To The Right To Life

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What Happened To the “Right to life”? Since adolescence, there is the teaching of death and that murder without justification is wrong. By knowing that, what exactly is capital punishment? Oxford Dictionaries defines capital punishment as “the legally authorized killing of someone as a punishment for a crime” (Capital Punishment, Oxford). Methods of capital punishment included gas chambers, oxygen deprivation, firing squads, electrocution, and the most commonly used, lethal injection (Death Penalty Information Center). The death penalty should be abolished because it is flawed, perhaps life without parole can be the alternative. It is flawed because it goes against the majority of society’s views, executions are costly, and botched executions …show more content…
Strictly speaking, this is a form of incapacitation, similar to the way a robber put in prison is prevented from robbing on the streets”.
The “similar to a way a robber put in prison is prevented from robbing on the streets” doesn’t help to support the claim. A murderer could be locked in prison for life without parole thus preventing them from murdering again. Murderers are often kept in solitary confinement to prevent them from hurting others. As long as no one else is harmed by the criminal, the goal has been met. The death penalty should be abolished because some of the claims that it helps are not even supported. The claim about how the death penalty deters murder is not evident and often inconclusive. The chart below shows the results of a poll done by presidents of top academic criminologists: http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/documents/FactSheet.pdf
About 88% of the experts believed that the death penalty did not act as a deterrent to murder (Death Penalty Info, Deterrence). The Southern region has the highest murder rates and amounts of executions by region, the death penalty is showing almost no effect on the rates. Since the death penalty is not being shown to cause a decline in murder rates it should be ridded of or either replaced by its
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55% supported replacing the death penalty with life without parole in order to have the millions of dollars that would be saved spent to solve unsolved crimes and assist victims in need (Public Policy Polling). The highest fees are associated with before and during the trial. Even if the appeals were abolished, the death penalty would still be more expensive than alternative sentences (Amnesty International). This injustice doesn’t just hit close regarding race, but it goes even deeper, into an individual’s wallet.
North Carolina’s death penalty prosecutions are estimated to cost the state about $11 million a year (NCCADP). It is costing this much, yet no one has been executed since 2006. Reasons to why it costs so much includes several factors. Capital cases, on average, cost about four times as much as a 1st degree murder trial. More money is required in order to pay for attorneys, experts, and investigators, all of which will be paid at higher rates. Lastly, prisons must house death sentenced prisoners in units with extra security and the prisoners can be in there for years to decades

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