Death Penalty: Right or Wrong

The debate on whether the death penalty should be allowed has been a controversial topic for years. I have my own opinions on what I think about the topic, but of course I must cover both sides of the arguments in order to properly state my peace. Before I go into the pros and cons, I want to give a little background information on the death penalty. Majority death penalty cases in the United States involved murder. Other crimes such as treason, or espionage has been punishable under the death penalty as well, capital murder has been the number one crime that gets the death penalty. They are put to death by lethal injection.

People who are pro death penalty says it’s an important tool because it cost less than life in prison. The justice system will always seek low cost tools that are effective versus something that is higher in price range and effective. They want to keep the cost down. Those people who are on death row will be sitting in jail for a long time before they are put to death anyway. The term “eye for an eye” works in this scenario (Again, no other crime is being thought about except for capital murder). They feel like the death penalty will honor the victim, help grieving families heal, and ensure society that the perpetrator won’t have the opportunity to commit the heinous crime again.

People who are opposed to the death penalty says otherwise. They aren’t thinking the same things that people who are pro death penalty are thinking. They are thinking about the power it gives the justice system. They don’t think that it has any long-term effects on crime. They could easily target people of color and people who could not afford good attorneys. They aren’t worried about the cost of how much it will cost to keep someone locked up for life in prison versus the death penalty. They are more concerned with social justice fairness.

I have studied and researched both arguments and growing up and learning something on my own, I concluded that I am on the opposed side to the death penalty. I do understand why this can be controversial and debatable because I had to sit and think about my decision. I don’t think the government should be in control of taking someone else life. Also, life in prison is a much harder punishment then the death penalty because you’re punishing that person’s family and not so much the person. If they get the death penalty, they aren’t here to see the “good” effects of it. Their family and loved ones shouldn’t have to pay for their crimes.

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