Green Mile And The Death Penalty Essay

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I believe the death penalty should be legal in all 50 states. I don’t believe in killing for minimal crimes, but crimes such as murder, serial rapists and serial killings. The death penalty should also only be valid with substantial evidence against the defendant. Some argue that humans don’t have the power to value one life more than another, but what gives murders and rapists the right to violate our natural born right to live? In the late 1890’s and early 1900’s executions were made public by the local government to express their impartiality towards crimes. In the present day, of course we don’t have public hangings or use the guillotine anymore, but the news of executions is widespread. If Americans know what crimes are being sentenced to death, why do people still commit them? Executions are the best option for heinous crimes because it is assured that a killer won’t kill again or a rapist won’t rape again. In 1985 a young girl was shot to death in her bed in South Carolina by her neighbor Joe Atkins. Joe Atkins had just been released on parole after serving 10 years of a life sentence for murdering his brother in 1970. Before murdering the young girl, he had killed his father who had helped him be released from prison. There are hundreds of cases just like this; parolees being released from jail promising to never kill or rape again, and then as soon as “no one’s looking” they kill or rape again. The cost of keeping a prisoner in jail per year is near $18,000 while the cost of executing a prisoner is $20,000. Economically this keeps taxes down because we don’t have to pay for a murderer to be alive every year. Ethically no one human being life can be outweighed by another, but when we begin to use race, age and sex as factor in deciding who should be put to death, our ethics and morals

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