What Is The Death Penalty?
It is sad how criminals who commit these capital crimes don’t have remorse because their punishment was insufficient for them. We are a country that supports justice and when our criminals don’t fear capital punishment, we have failed as a country to keep peace and justice. For example, serial killer Robert Rhoades kidnapped 8-year-old Michael Lyons as he was walking home from school. Rhoades tortured and raped the little boy for 10 hours, stabbing him 70 times, before slitting his throat and dumping his body in a river. Prop. 34 lets these killers escape the death penalty and requires taxpayers to spend tens of millions of dollars to provide them with lifetime health care and housing benefits (Ending Death). This is just one case out of the thousands where the right punishment wasn’t given. I believe that in able to establish a state of fear in these criminals we must enforce the death penalty in every state. I hope that I was able to inform you of how the death penalty is necessary to keep our society