Death Penalty Essay

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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 residents pay 90,000 dollars more per death row prisoner ("Death Penalty : The High Cost of the Death Penalty." Death Penalty : The High Cost of the Death Penalty. Death Penalty Focus, 31 Mar. 2009. Web. 14 Aug. 2013). Convicting a criminal with life in prison without the possibility of parole would cost millions less than sentencing one to death. Charging someone with the death penalty is a long, expensive process because the constitution requires a judicial case to insure no innocent person is executed. Tax payers shouldn’t have to pay millions more in a verdict they had no part in. 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

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