Thousands will die. They are victims of senseless murder, but should the murderous felons die as well? Capital Punishment is a major controversy. Debating whether they receive execution or spend the rest of their ruined lives rotting in a jail cell seems pointless. The government throws away these humans lives. We control the lives of these criminals and we should not waste them. We should use the thousands of them to better our society. Rather than capital punishment, the government should create work teams using death row criminals to better our communities.
The death penalty has been debated since the beginning of humankind. Today a total of 94 countries and territories use the death penalty for ordinary crime, including the United States. In the other 57 countries in the world, the death penalty no longer exists. In some of the 57 countries, capital punishment is only banned for ordinary crimes and still effective for military crimes or crimes committed in exceptional circumstances such as Currently 34 of the states in the U.S. exercise capital punishment. The most recent to abolish capital punishment was Massachusetts, in 1984, and New York, in 1995, was the most recent to reinstate it, according to the NAACP. During 1977 and 1994, Texas executed the highest number of prisoners, a total of 85. As of 1996 there were 3,122 inmates on death row. These convicts could help with government labor with a hope that they might be free someday. Figures show that, with men, 80% decide in favor of the death penalty, and women the vote was 74%.. White populations vote 81% for capital punishment and blacks only 53% (Doan, 2). This information means that the general public will resolve to end the lives of these killers. By offering an alternative, these figures may alter themselves significantly.
Those opposing the death penalty would obtain some level of satisfaction with a work program for death row inmates. More often than not, families of murder victims do not experience the relief they expected to feel at the execution, says Lula Redmond, a Florida therapist. ( Brownlee 28). The United States is the execution capital of the world. Now isnt that something to be proud of? Katie Kondrat asks sarcastically in The Death Penalty a Just Punishment?. A killer who is killed can not kill again, but a killer in jail until he dies also cant kill. The well known argument against capital punishment remains as the morality issue. Some say killing the murderer will not bring the victim back to life. The U.S. needs a plan that will not execute but use the remaining The common argument for capital punishment is that it saves tax dollars, it decreases prison overcrowding and provides equal justice. With the proposed plan, the government would save millions on not having to hire road crews and other manual labor task forces. The monies generated by the work provided should solve the prison crowding issue by freeing up more funds to build and staff bigger prisons. Without severe punishment the justice system says that a murderers life is more important than the victims. says Connie Sun in contrasting part of The Death Penalty a Just Punishment?. A lifetime of service to the victim and his family may be viewed as equal What the Bible has to say about capital punishment affects peoples view on it. The whole issue seems to stem from ideas of morality. Men presume to claim things that are Gods alone. They even want to decide over the life and death of people and nations, says Eberhard Arnold. They forget that it is the Lord who kills and makes alive. ( Bruderhof 2). The New Testament is based on forgiveness. Father forgive them; for they know not what they do, states Luke 23:34 of the New Testament. The Bible also contains the Ten Commandments, one of which states , Thou shalt not kill. From a Biblical standpoint, capital punishment remains unacceptable to its followers. This is a strong argument for constructively using the life of one who has killed by not repeating the same act twice. It contains an element of forgiveness while still making the offender confess to the misery he has caused others.
We should make use of the murderers on death row. Punishment should not come as three minutes of minimal physical and mental pain as in execution. These killers should have to live with their guilt, and also do more than eat up money from the government. The murderers would do such jobs as clear roadway paths and clean up garbage. They would not be paid, they would be housed and fed in the jails, and work in a organized chain gang. The usual prison guards will watch over the workers. One argument against this says that some criminals would commit suicide. This argument is not logical since the workers would die anyway, either by execution or deteriorating in jail. The criminals might refuse to work because they possess a death sentence in execution, or life in jail. As enticement, the felons will receive parole after a minimum of 20 years of service and extensive rehabilitation depending on the severity of their crimes. Allowing parole will encourage hard work and commitment.
The process of training, organizing and disaplining these people will help the state government to clean up roadways, dig sewer trenches, and make parks. The murderers will work without pay and be kept in the prisons. The idea is beneficial to the people and the budget because of the cheap manual labor. The government should apprentice death row criminals rather than have them executed. Whether a man should die now or die later should not be the focus of the capital punishment debate. Working the death row prisoners to better communities and providing them with counseling, food, and shelter is a logical, and deserving alternative to capital punishment. Death row murderers owe the United States citzens whose lives they have altered so permanently.
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