Faith Hathaway graduated from high school in early May 1980. She had high hopes of succeeding in the army and planned on leaving for a tour of duty on May 28 the same year. Faith was giving her goodbyes to friends at a dance the night before her leave. Late that night, Faith was searching for a ride home and found herself with Robert Willie and David Vaccaro. They blindfolded and tied Faith and put her in the back of their vehicle. Drunk and loaded they drove to a remote area in the woods where they started raping her. Willie stabbed her seventeen times and killed her. Following her death, she was raped again. Willie was executed and Vaccarro was sentenced to life in prison. Nether felt any remorse for the brutal crimes they had committed.
The death penalty is reserved in our state for the cold blooded, worst of the worst murderers. When no other punishment seems applicable, the only just thing to do is to put a criminal to death. The flawed justice system finds it too easy for life sentenced murderers, to decrease a sentence and deliver a murderer back out on our streets. This broken system brings opponents to blame the death penalty itself, but more often, arguments are based upon the broken system. Arguments protesting the death penalty are often invalid and made without logic and with a reform on our states death penalty system, most arguments would be diminished. The death penalty system needs to be reconstructed in order to prove its prime effectiveness.
The death penalty was reestablished in California in 1976, and since then the state has executed only thirteen death row inmates. The state holds 648 inmates on death row and due to the amount of appeals each prisoner receives; the average wait time is 12.75 years. The amount of appeals causes the state to pay on average over two million dollars versus 500,000 dollars for life in prison. In order to produce justifiable results, the state must reform the system to allocate less than the price...