Although “the state has repeatedly abused the death penalty’ [Jeffrey Bowman, Tracy M. Dalasi], it is seen as a punishment that best carries out justice towards heinous crimes, such as murder and terrorism. If the death penalty were to be abolished, then the prisons will be overpopulated. This would later lead to more problems. Also, the price to keep someone in jail is high because tax payers have to pay for food and basic health care for convicts. And if the murderer is dead, then the victim’s family could have closure knowing that a killer is off the streets.
Also, when other killers see that the State isn’t afraid to charge the death sentence, some might think twice about killing. There’s also no need to worry about people being wrongly convicted because DNA testing and modern crime scene forensics can accurately test the convicted person’s guilt and innocence [Joe Miserly]. Murder is a horrible act. Everyone agrees on that. It’s what do to punish them is what we have a problem with. The death penalty has valid points though. The murder killed somebody, so how else should he be punished then to pay with his own life?
We can’t just let them serve 20 years in prison and let them out on the streets again, that’s why sentencing murderers to the death penalty is the best in mind. For example, if a person were to kill another person, the victim’s family would not want the killer to go to jail for only a set amount of time and be able to come back to normal life. The family would be scared because they convicted a killer to jail and the killer might come back for them. The family would want the killer to be put on death row so they can have some comfort. By not recognizing the lives of their victims as sacred, they (murderers) cannot claim their own lives are sacred. In the end, the death penalty is an individual punishment for an individual crime. ” [Jeffrey Bowman, Tracy M. Dalasi]. Murder is a cruel crime that needs an equal punishment. We can’t just let people live if they killed another. “The ultimate crime deserves the ultimate punishment. ” [Jeffrey Bowman, Tracy M. Dalasi]. Yes murder is a horrible act, but we don’t need to use murder to condone murder. It doesn’t make sense. The death penalty being used to say murder is wrong? That’s not right.
Not only does it not make sense, but it “violates the Eighth Amendment that prohibits cruel and unusual punishment’ [Jeffrey Bowman, Tracy M. Dalasi] and “the countless appeals for the death sentence back up our court system” [Joe Miserly]. The kind of image we will be putting out there will be bad. We are punishing murder with murder. It’s very ironic hypocritical because we’re punishing a crime with a crime. Why not let killers suffer in jail psychologically where they will live in solitude and have the rest of their days (or however long they’re convicted for) to think about why they committed murder.
Many people are also wrongly accused because of inaccurate DNA samples when looking for the actual convict. Many people don’t realize that DNA has similarities through siblings, making the wrong sibling getting convicted due to DNA similarity. The death penalty not only is cruel, but it is very expensive. In 2003, a “legislative audit in Kansas found that the estimated cost of a death penalty case was 70% more than the cost of a comparable non-death penalty case. ” [unsymmetrical. Org]. Also, the bag. Cost of a case being charged with the death penalty (in Kansas) is $1. 26 million, while the average cost of a case not being charged with the death penalty is $740,000 [unsymmetrical. Org]. There is an obvious discretion in caring for a death penalty case rather than a non-death penalty case. The amount of money saved from death penalty cases can be used to promote programs that would empower & educate people that need help. Programs like this will help people think twice about making a wrong decision and help people with problems in their life.
Who knows? Maybe when we help troubled people out with their problems, we can help prevent them lashing out at others via murder. Throughout the many years of the death penalty, many people (like philosophers from the sass’s) were pondering with the idea of having a prison instead of killing people Freely Bowman, Tracy M. Dalasi]. For example, according to “Albert Operation, the last official hangman in the United Kingdom, who wrote in his memoirs: ‘Capital punishment, in my view, achieved nothing but revenge [Jeffrey Bowman, Tracy M.
Dalasi]. Abolishing the death penalty will be great because we will save millions of dollars. We can use the millions we save from abolishing the death penalty towards education and other more important things this country is facing. Not only will we save millions of dollars, we’ll also progress with the world. We don’t want to be in the “top 5 countries with the highest number of executions (as of 201 0) only behind China, Iran, North Korea, and Yemen” [Procom. Org]. Countries like Libya and Syria have lower execution numbers [Procom. Org].
Every year, the number of countries abolishing the death penalty is going up and the number of countries carrying out executions is going down [Procom. Org]. We don’t need to be held back with other communist and third-world countries. We need to get past these limitations and move forward. Now some people may not agree. There will be times where executions will still be carried out due to the severity of the crime. It’s fine though because not everyone will agree and will still believe that a man should pay with his life for taking another man’s life. Many benefits will come from abolishing the death penalty.