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The Capital Punishment: Just or Unjust?

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The Capital Punishment: Just or Unjust? When turning on the television, radio, or simply opening the local newspaper, one is bombarded with news of arrests, murders, homicides, serial killers, and other such tragedies. It is a rare occasion to go through a day in this world and not hear of these things. So what should be done about this crime rate? Not only is it committing a crime, but today, it is signing your life over to the government. This is a risk one is taking when he decides to pull a trigger or plunge a knife, but is it really up to our justice system to decide one's fate? There are many issues that address this question of capital punishment such as religion, the effect on society and the possible "wrongfully accused��. But how often do these concepts creep into the public's mind when it hears of our 'fair, trusty' government taking away someone's breathing rights? ...read more.

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So it should naturally follow that execution is cheaper than giving a life sentence. It doesn't. Here are some facts to prove it. -North Carolina pays 2.16 million per execution over the costs of a non-death penalty murder case with a life sentence. Most of this extra cost in incurred in the courtroom. Death penalty cases are often appealed over and over, costing the taxpayers millions each time. -The Death penalty cost's California 90 million annually beyond the ordinary costs of the justice system- 78 million of that total is spent in trials. -Florida averaged about 3.2 million dollars per execution from 1973-1988. That's 57 million dollars for 18 executions. Even some death penalty supporters agree that it is costly to execute people. Prosecutor Phil Haney, who often pushes for the death penalty, says that if he could be sure life in prison really meant life in prison, he would be for abolishing the death penalty. ...read more.

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I also would like tougher sentencing laws for murderers. They should not be allowed parole under any circumstances. In conclusion I have shown statistics to prove that the death penalty is ineffective in deterring crime, saving money, and being fair to minorities. It's time for a change. I don't expect you to agree with me completely, I only ask that you look at all of the information about capital punishment before you decide to support or oppose it. The truth is out there. It's our job to look for it. If solving corruption with immorality is the world's remedy for reconciliation, then why not chop off the thief's hand? "An eye for an eye" was the justice of the ancient. It is now a modern world based on logic and transformation. Must we commit a crime to justify another? If capital punishment was solely based on punishing the wrongdoers, there would be no one left to inject the needle or pull the lever. Everyone would be trying to fit into the chair. Salvador Stamatti 1 ...read more.

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