The Death Penalty

Capital punishment has been a controversial issue for many years. Those in favor of the death penalty often argue that someone who committed a violent crime should not have the right to continue their life. Those opposed to the death penalty argue  that “two wrongs don’t make a right”,  they should have to suffer in lieu of being executed in a humane way, or that capital punishment is just too expensive and the funds should be spent elsewhere. There are many different ways to view the death penalty issue, which is why it is so controversial. I believe capital punishment has both positive and negative effects. On one hand, we are ensuring that the world is free of one evil person by executing them, but on the other hand, is executing someone who previously committed a crime really getting to the root of the problem? None of their victims will be brought back once they are put to death so what is the benefit in punishing the criminals with death?

There have been many cases in the past when someone was sentenced to death for a crime that they did not commit. Before we had DNA testing many people were charged with crimes and were later found out to be innocent. Many people were taken off death row after the evolution of DNA testing because the testing proved their innocence. How terrible would it be to put someone to death and later find out they were innocent? I’m sure we would all agree that that would be awful. Since there are many crimes we cannot prove beyond the shadow of a doubt, should capital punishment still be an option?

On the other hand, some argue that criminals who are sentenced to life in prison are treated too nicely considering the awful crimes they committed. Criminals are given three meals a day, a bed, access to showers, and the option to go outside or watch some T.V in their free-time. Although they are not living the “ideal” life being locked up in a prison, I think we all can agree they aren’t living absolutely horrible considering the nature of their crimes. Is it fair that they still live fairly decent lives behind bars when their victim’s lives were cut short?  

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3 thoughts on “The Death Penalty

  1. We have proved that capital punishment is flawed. If you look to the system we have in California, you can see that the appeals process wastes millions of dollars. However, California makes sure that people convicted of the death penalty are guilty before they are given legal injection. The problem with this is that most death row inmates die in prison. Although I don’t think murderers should live in good standards like they currently do, it is far cheaper to keep them alive in prison for life than it is to have the drawn out appeal system we have in California. I voted for the proposition in 2012 to remove the death penalty based on the economic arguments. Has capital punishment been effective in California when only 13 people have been executed since 1975.

  2. Sydney I feel there will not be a common ground on the death penalty. People enjoy seeing a wrong cured with a wrong but that is just not the answer to our problem. I think partly because people know criminals are treated well in the prison system. Prisoners receive three meals a day, workout constantly, visitation rights, and television privileges. That does not sound like punishment. I feel personally that some kind of rehabilitation should be given to the prisoners or a scare tactic the will help them realize the wrong they have committed. I do not know the answer to this topic but a better solution should be onsidered.

    • I definitely agree with you. I don’t think there will ever come a time when we all come to an agreement on how to handle capital murderers. I do agree that rehabilitation may be beneficial to some but I also think that some criminals are incurable. When doing my presentation on capital punishment I researched a man that was sentenced to life in prison for killing someone and while he was in prison he also murdered one of the guards. I think this is completely unacceptable. Those who are this violent need to be put to death in order to maintain the safety of not only the prison guards but other inmates as well.

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