Essay on Death Penalty

Submitted By josephibarra
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Joseph
11/17/2012
English 1301
Professor Bark

Each year at least 2,400 people are killed worldwide due to the capital punishment. Capital punishment is a life or death situation. It is the execution of people who have been found guilty of certain offenses. Many people in today’s society believe that a death crime is so severe that they deserve a punishment equal to their crime. In some people’s mind they believe in killing the killer, but how does that show us that killing is morally okay? There are numerous proven reasons why the death penalty should be abolished. The best reasons are to not violate the United States constitution, to save money for the U.S residents, and to not kill humans because it has no proof of deterring murders. Abolishing the death penalty is truly the most moral way to go.
According to John Paul Stevens’ capital punishment violates the United States constitution. John Paul had served as an associate of the supreme court of the United States. He worked from 1975 up until 2010 when he retired. John Paul claims that the central justification for imposing the death penalty is retribution. Steven asserts that this means the defendant receives equal punishment for the committed crime against the victim. According to John Paul the eighth amendment on the United States constitution prohibits cruel and excessive punishment. The author says that the constitution protects the defendant from suffering equivalent punishment as the victim. Steven asserts that recent poles decline significantly for the death penalty when there is an alternative like life in prison without parole. As well, the author says that the sociology evident advices that it is less likely for the jury to compel the death penalty when life without parole is an option. Each human in the United States has rights and capital punishment is violating that according to Stevens’.
According to Richard C. Dieter every year in each individual state that allows capital punishment, they spend nearly 10 million for the death penalty procedures. Richard C. Dieter is the executive director of the death penalty information center. The organization is non profit and they provide current analysis on issues regarding capital punishment. Dieter claims that capital punishment is way too expensive to retain. Richard asserts that studies on the cost of the death penalty have concluded that it is much more expensive than a system with the maximum sentence. The author says that the time imamates spend on death row adds up to the total cost of the death penalty because the imamates need a higher security level. According to Stevens’ in California the legislative commission concluded that it’s extra 90,000 for each individual death row inmate in contrast with the inmate living in general population. Today there are over 670 people on death row and yearly the additional costs add up to 60 million. The money used annually to keep capital punishments going and the additional money for death row inmates could be used for much more important issues in the United States.
Jeremy J. Collins claims that the death penalty hasn’t been proven to deter crimes. The author Jeremy is a director of the North Carolina Coalition for a moratorium. He works in the nonprofit sector that informs and mobiles citizen while they’re providing grassroots and legislative advocacy for social justice issues. Collins claims that the murder rate is lower in the states that don’t have the death penalty. The author asserts that researchers have said "the evidence suggests that the death penalty…