The Death Penalty

The death penalty has been a cause for staunch opposition from many pro-life organizations. The greatest problem cited is that many individuals sentenced to death were not actually guilty. When DNA evidence became an available and error-proof method to disguise between innocent and guilty, I had no problem being pro-death penalty. Taking the life of another is the ultimate sin in my mind, and in many ways I do not understand life without parole it seems like delaying the inevitable. One of the largest concerns I had was the fact that American tax payers are paying to keeps these rapists and murderers alive for their entire lives. I had believed that this was outrageously expensive comparatively. I have been compelled to change my views in light of some very interesting findings. Let me move away from any moral or religious views and take a look at pure economics, legal procedures for death row inmates, and statistics. Each state varies, of course, but in California the average wait for a death row inmate to be executed is twenty years. Annually, it costs an extra 90,000 dollars to house each death row inmate totaling 63.3 million dollars in California. The trials of these individuals are also more expensive because there are laws regarding the qualifications of the attorneys that represent these individuals. They also have to housed individually with extra, high qualified security personnel. The scientific testing required in these cases is amazingly costly, as well. Many states have already eliminated the death penalty simply because their state cannot afford it. In California, more death row inmates die of natural causes than by lethal injection. Therefore, making the extra money spent on these individuals ridiculous. I have also considered this issue from a punishment stance. I believe that the idea of being sentenced to death is enormously more intimidating than it actually is. To have to live out your lifetime reflecting your crime in a disgusting jail cell surrounded by criminals of all types seems worse. There are also ways to contribute back to society from a jail cell that are not possible while on death row. I have changed my views on the subject, but not for religious reasons.

themanicmind themanicmind
22-25, F
Mar 7, 2009