The Death Penalty Should Be Abolished.
The death penalty has been around in the United States for over four-hundred years. The first person sentenced to death was in 1608 and he was hanged for spying on the Spanish government. Since then eighteen states have outlawed the death penalty while it is still legal in thirty-two, one of which is California. The death penalty should be abolished in every state of the United States. The expense for convicting one with the death penalty is much more expensive than sentencing a person to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Many people believe that a criminal shouldn’t be given the “easy way out” and they should suffer in prison for the rest of their lives. The death penalty often times doesn’t bring peace to the victims or the victim’s family.
The death penalty is a very expensive process, and unfortunately tax payers are the ones forced to deal with those expenses. In California ...view middle of the document...
The state of California could save one billion dollars in five years if they abolish the death penalty.
Many people think giving a criminal the death penalty is the easy way out. In prison one is forced to think about what they have done. A criminal is forced to deal with the consequences of his or her actions. Prison life is meant to be difficult and uncomfortable as possible. There are no freedoms in prison and absolutely no privacy. Prison is not meant to be comfortable and one always has to keep their guard up. A person that committed a crime like murder or rape should live in fear for the rest of their life. The only way a person can truly begin to understand their actions is to be forced to live in the fear their victim did. The criminal had no mercy when they were committing brutal acts. Prison gives one a chance to really pay for what they have done.
Finally, the death penalty doesn’t bring any peace to the victim or the victim’s family. Ultimately it’s the victim that is looking for justice and closure. Legal injection doesn’t give closure to a victim. These victims have to deal with the traumatizing experience inflicted on them by someone else. Victims want their attacker to feel as much pain as possible or to understand what they did. Some victims never receive closure because life in prison or the death penalty isn’t enough. Some victims even feel as if the death penalty inflicts more pain on their life.
In conclusion, the death penalty should be outlawed. The major points discussed above are only a couple of the many. The death penalty is a very expensive process paid by honest tax payers. If the death penalty is abolished the states could use the millions saved for things like education, police force, or health programs. Giving the death penalty doesn’t allow a criminal to pay for what they have done. The death penalty is just an easy way out of years in prison with no freedoms. Execution doesn’t bring closure to the victim or the victim’s family. In some cases, it brings more hurt. The death penalty is a thing of the past that serves no purpose in America’s future. It’s time to save money for better things, hold people accountable for their actions, and try and help reduce the pain of the victims affected.