I’m for the Death Penalty
Composition II 1028
February 17, 2011
Imagine someone has murdered your child. Should the killer be allowed to live out the rest of his life, even if it is in prison?
“If we execute murderers and there is in fact no deterrent effect, we have killed a bunch of murderers. If we fail to execute murderers, and doing so would in fact have deterred other murderers, we have allowed the killing of a bunch of innocent victims. I would much rather risk the former. This, to me, is not a tough call.” (PRO DEATH PENALTY)
The death penalty is one of the biggest arguments in the criminal justice system. As of right now there are 13 states that do not have a death penalty statute. Why is that? Why should murderers be able to live? Does it matter if they have to live the rest of their lives in prison? It shouldn’t. Even the bible says that someone who murders needs to be put to death. “Anyone who strikes a man and kills him shall surely be put to death.” (Exodus 21:12 )
The most common forms of capital punishment today are lethal injection, and the electric chair, but other forms of capitol punishment that are still used are the gas chamber, firing squad, and hanging.
In early American History if you murdered someone you were hung. You received a fast, not always fair trial, and if you were found guilty, within the week you took the walk to the gallows. Now day’s death row inmates, on average, are on death row for over a decade. Some have been there well over 20 years. The reason for this is that the death row inmates are able to file for appeal after appeal. (In Washington State anyways). There is no limit to the number of appeals that they can file for, so the execution dates are stayed, and the time on death row gets longer and longer.
The reason above leads us to the next argument against the death penalty, the cost of housing and executing murders. The cost of one death row inmate averages about $60,000 a...