On March 6, 2013, Ohio executed the Fred Treesh making him the 50th person to die by capitol punishment. Treesh was convicted of murdering Henry Dupree in 1994 during a drug spree killing. Treesh walked seventeen steps from his cell to the death chamber where he was put to death by lethal injection. The entire execution lasted sixteen minutes from injection to death. Outside the building waited a hearse to transport his body out of the prison to his next of kin.
This execution was used as a documentary for the DARE program to educate the youth about the death penalty and deter crime in Ohio. During one point in Treesh’s interview, he stated to a reporter, “if it helps one person, it’s worth it.” That statement can only be true if the state where you committed this heinous crime believes in the death sentence. If not, you’ll live in jail until your heart stops beating.
Capitol punishment is a sensitive issue since this is the only punishment that is irreversible. Once someone has been put to death, there is no bring him / her back. This form of punishment cannot be taken lightly and must be carried out impartially. Race shall not play a role when handing down the death penalty.
I want to believe this system is perfect and unfortunately this isn’t the case. That small margin of error makes me think twice about this form of punishment except in cases where evidence is beyond, beyond, I mean beyond a reasonable doubt. When and only when we know with 100% certainty the person convicted of murder is guilty, should they pay the ultimate price. This is a necessary evil that we, law-bidding citizens, have as a deterrent from those perpetrators who pray on the weak. Life is the most precious thing on earth, yet we must ensure those who commit murder(s) are no longer allowed to live among us.