Capital Punishment Research Paper

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Capital punishment or the death penalty is a legal process whereby a person is put to death by the state as a punishment for a crime. The crime is ultimately decided from the state but normally includes murder, rape, mutiny, etc. The practice was popular during the ancient era and into the medieval era which often included some form of torture and ended with a beheading. Countries still utilize these exact methods even today, most being in Asia. Other countries still favor the use of capital punishment but have taken a more humane approach to the process. Lethal injection gained popularity in the late twentieth century as a form of execution intended to supplant other methods, notably electrocution, hanging, firing squad, gas chamber, and beheading that were considered to be more painful. It is now the most common form of execution in the United States of America. But is it morally correct? “Coker vs. Georga June 29, 1977: Petitioner Erlich Anthony Coker, while serving sentences for murder, rape, kidnapping, and assault, escaped from a Georgia jail. He broke into a house, raped and kidnapped the resident woman and took her car. Later Coker released the victim without any further physical injuries. He was eventually caught. The state of Georgia sentenced Coker to death on the rape charge. The US Supreme Court reversed that judgment on the grounds that death is an excessive penalty for rape.” Now, let us review the situation. Coker, while serving time for multiple sentences of murder, rape, kidnapping, and assault, broke out of jail to rape, kidnap and commit grand theft auto? Would it be morally right to let this monster of a human being live? What of the cost for the civilians? The wrongdoing of every prisoner comes out of our taxes every single day. Studies estimate that out of every international prison, 5.6% of current inmates can be executed for the nature of their crimes committed. Now, 5.6% may not seem like a lot, when we put that into perspective of the entire prison population (6,977,700) that comes out to be 348,885 inmates. There is no question that the up-front costs of the death penalty are significantly higher than for equivalent life without parole cases. There also appears to be no question that, over time, equivalent life without parole cases are much more expensive than death penalty cases. Some might counter-argue that the information is false and that capital punishment is completely wrong morally, economically, and sociologically. The