The Death Penalty Essay

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When committing a rape, murder, or treason does it occur to you that, if Caught, you could be, electrocuted, gassed, or lethally injected? I highly doubt it. So what is it that is running through your mind? Do you honestly think you can murder or rape some innocent person and get away with it? I don’t think so. I feel the death penalty is a great concept. My philosophy is, why should someone that murdered an innocent human being still be able to breathe, while his or her victim cannot? Life without parole is a good idea, but that person is still getting the chance to breathe, eat, sleep, smell, hear, and see while his or her victim cannot.

Many people see capital punishment as cruel and wrong, but is not what that person did cruel and wrong? How are we as a society going to teach them that it is wrong? Life without parole is not the answer, capital punishment might be. Some of our jails today could be mistaken for a Holiday Inn. The convicted are treated entirely too well. This is not what I want my taxes to be paying for. I would rather hear of their death then to know that they are, some nights, eating meals just as good as what I am having, you need to remember what these people did. I do not feel comfortable with the idea that some person that killed or raped or robbed some innocent person could be released out of jail for “good behavior”. As said in the Bible, “Whomever sheds a man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed” (Genesis 9:6). This has been taken to signify “Let the punishment, fit the crime.”

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The Risk of Executing the Innocent.

I really do feel that this should be taken very serious. We need to be able to trust our government judicial system, to ensure that no one who was wrongfully accused is sentenced to the death penalty. And with the way our court systems work, I’m afraid were unable to trust them 100 %. Look at Oj for instance, he was guilty, and should have been executed, but he’s walking the streets today sewing phone companies. But hey, there’s nothing we can do about the court system. The decisions they make is going to be the decision that is final. We need to eliminate all the appealing process. Fact, inmates are six times more likely to get off death row by appeals than by execution. Not to mention, the cost of court and lawyer fee’s. It’s just too much money to waste on a guy who could have rapped a little girl. The death penalty shouldn’t be held back just because of this, but it should be watched closely. What the court system decides is what we’ll have to live with. I think anyone who admits to doing anything bad enough for the death penalty should be executed immediately.

Here’s a recent case that came up in NY State. Ken Williams beat a two-year-old to death. Williams admitted in a signed confession that he smacked his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son with a belt seven or eight times and rapped him about eight hours before the defenseless 2 year old stopped breathing. This entire thing started because the boy, Lavonty Johnson, threw up on his bed. Williams got upset and grabbed a belt and beat him with it then rapped him. The weird thing is after he did this they played video games, then Johnson’s started breathing funny. He stopped breathing and went into cardiac arrest. Williams tried giving him CPR, the boy died that night with a shattered kidney, no blood flow to his liver or spleen, and there was blood in his abdomen. Williams admitted to doing it he should be put to death if you ask me.

The death penalty saves lives, by executing murderers you prevent them from murdering again. The fear of execution will also keep criminals from murdering innocent people. There is statistical proof that executions produce fewer murders however, there’s a strong side against that as well. You have to remember though, what’s there to be scared about when only 0.08% of the murderers have been executed since 1973, I find that absolutely ludicrous. Deep down inside many criminals you can bet are indeed thinking about the death penalty, especially if you live in Texas. Here’s a funny little fact to go along with the 0.08%, 6% of young adults purroled for murder, murdered again with in 6 years of there release. Why should we let people who have been convicted of murder to be let back on to the streets. Guess what if you execute someone, there’s no chance of him or her doing it again. In 1984, 810 of the 52,000 people serving time for murder were 2nd offenders, they had killed 821 people total the 2nd time. We could have saved 820 lives by eliminating these animals. I read that since 1971 they figure someone who was a convicted murderer has murdered 1,026 people. The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that convicted criminals free on parole and probation have committed at least 84,800 violent crimes every year, including 13,200 murders, 12,900 rapes, and 49,500 robberies. I don’t understand why people think these people should still be alive.

The only time we really see that these murders are really scared of the death penalty is on court day. 99.9% of convicted murderers and their lawyers plead for life instead of the death penalty. They were tough enough to rape a little kid they should be tough enough to take the punishment.

I was reading a thing I got from a newspaper that said; “The death penalty reflects the middle class’ desire to strike out at the poor and racial minorities.” I’m not racist, but look at the jails, it’s full of minorities because they’re causing a lot of the problem. It has nothing to do with race of status, no one forced Kenneth Williams to beat and rape a kid simply because the kid through up. Bringing a person’s race into this is just excuse. Using race, as a defense is just an easy way out, I think half the time race is used in a case is only because they have no real evidence, and It’s hard to argue because you don’t want it to get racial.

Comment’s like those are not only ridiculous and not backed up with any evidence, but it’s so degrading to minorities. They so busy crying that it’s a racial to even notice that since 1929 white murderers have been more likely to have been executed then black murderers. White murders are more likely to get the death penalty than blacks by 11.1% to 7.3%. Which just goes to show you blacks and minorities have nothing to be complaining about. Here’s some more facts to prove it even more, 82% of the murder victims in death penalty cases are white, 13 % are black, a 6:1 ratio. Of all executions 56% have been whites and only 38% were blacks.

2% annual cost increase = $3.01 million.

2% annual cost increase = $1.88 million.

There is no doubt that the initial cost of the death penalty is significantly higher than the life with out Parole (LWOP). Look at the numbers though, over time we’ll save $1.2 to $3.6 million if we just execute them. Mind you the $34,000/ year cost are an average. The maximum-security prisons run over $75,000/year. And where do we put the murderers? In the maximum-security prisons. So actually $75,000/year for 50 years at 2% increase is well, I can’t figure it out but I’ll bet it’s a lot of money.

So what it boils down to is, we have these thousands of people on death row that have murdered and rapped people, and where paying on average $34,000/year to hold them. Why are we spending money on people that have done such horrible things. Do unto others, as you want them to do unto you. A person knows if they kill someone they are risking the death penalty, I figure if they take that risk they should take the penalty. I’m 110% for the death penalty.


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