I am glad I chose to write

           

           

           

I
am hoping that now that you have read my paper you will take all points into
consideration and possibly have a change of mind. I did not realize when I
started writing this paper all the negative the death penalty has. I am glad I
chose to write about this topic it really brought a lot of things into the
light for me.

            The last point I am going to point
out for my essay is that the death penalty violates human rights. All people
have the right to life, and we all have the right to be free from harsh,
inhuman, and degrading punishment. These are human rights that people have, no
matter what they have done or the kind of crimes they have committed. A lot of
time the people facing death row end up getting there by the system not giving
them their whole process. The U.S. death penalty system has also failed to
protect the innocent, from 1973 through December 2014, 150 innocent people were
executed from death row. ( Angelos,2018) 
I just don’t think this is a chance worth taking, because once someone
is killed there is no coming back if later down the road the courts find out
they were wrongfully accused.

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Sometimes
jury members have trouble convicting someone if they know they are going to be
one of the reasons that a human being is sentenced to their death. Many states
require any jury members to be questioned during the pre-trial phase to be sure
they have the stomach to sentence someone to death before they’re allowed to
attend. Even if they’re against the death penalty, they still could lie to get
on the board to try and help the person on trial not receive the death penalty.
Most of the time judges will take a less harmful approach and sentence them to
a life behind bars. This to some people may seem like justice has not been
served for the victims’ families, but most of the time they are just happy to
be done with this tragic event in their life and be able to move past it.

If
a person is sent to death row it is a very long drug out process for both sides
and this can make it even harder for families to be able to move past this
tragic event. The U.S. court system goes to huge measures before allowing a
death sentence to be agreed on. All the appeals, motions, hearings, briefs,
etc. control much of the time of judges, attorneys, and other court employees
as well as use up courtrooms & facilities. The murderer’s family has to
suffer from seeing their loved one put to death by the state, as well as going
through the emotionally-draining court process. The victim’s innocent family is
apparently suffering already from losing their loved one and then they have to
be in court multiple times to convict the murderer. By administering a death
sentence, you force another family to suffer. “Why double the suffering when we
don’t have to”? ( Messerli, 2012).

            I think the death penalty also sends the wrong message.
Its like why kill people who kill people to show that killing is wrong? Yes,
we want to make sure there is accountability for the crime; however, the death
penalty has a message of “You killed one of us, so we’ll kill you”.
The state is using a murder to punish someone who committed a murder. Does that
make sense?  To me that just sends a
confusing message especially to our younger society. We as a nation must move
away from the “eye for an eye” revenge approach if civilization is to
develop. It is vital to send a message to the world that striking back at your
enemy strictly for vengeance will always make matters worse. It also serves
zero purpose for the victim or their families. It does not bring the person who
was murdered back to life. So, what are we achieving by killing someone? The
only thing it does is cause more pain to the families of both the victim and
the murderer. These families are having a hard-enough time accepting what has
happened. The family of the murderer must wonder why they did it, where they
went wrong, and how did they not see the signs something was wrong. On the
other hand, the families of the victim are dealing with why this happened to
their loved one and why did they not protect them better. In addition, believe
it or not both families are dealing with the loss of their loved one; one by
death and the other by life in prison.

            People also like to think that having the death penalty
in their state will help to lower crime rates. The reason they think this is
logical they think it scares people into not wanting to commit crimes that
could possibly lead them to their death. As much as we all wish this was true
it is actually quite the opposite. The Times reports that 10 of the 12 states
without the death penalty have homicide rates below the national average, while
half of the states with the death penalty have homicide rates above. Throughout
the last 20 years, the homicide rate in states with the death penalty has been
48% – 101% higher than in states without the death penalty. (Konrad, 2016). When
comparing states with the death penalty and states without, most of the states
who have the death penalty show murder rates higher than states that do not
have the death penalty. The average of murder rates between death penalty
states was 5.5, while the average of murder rates among non-death penalty
states was only 3.6. These numbers seem as though they are backwards and should
be flipped around, but the sad truth is people murder regardless of the
consequence they are going to receive. That’s another reason why I feel letting
them sit in jail the rest of their lives and think about what they did is more
beneficial than just executing them.

            Does the death penalty cause closure for the victim’s
families? This is a question that many people ask, and some believe to be true.
They think a life for a life is fair, right? Well that couldn’t be further from
the truth according to recent studies that were done on families of the victims
they say there is no such thing as closure no matter if the person is dead or
alive. A 2012 study decided families were able to move on sooner; because their
loved ones’ killers were sentenced to life without parole, rather than the
death penalty. The families were not retraumatized in the numerous appeals that
often come along with an execution. (Santhanam, 2017).    

            The first reason I am against the death penalty is
because it actually cost more to have someone put on death row and executed
than it does to just let them rot in prison for the rest of their lives. According
to the Huffington post the price of execution drugs is now 15 times higher than
it was a year ago. (Safdar, 2012). Another article I read from the Marshall
project stated that the cost of housing an inmate who is on death row costs $49,380
per year vs an inmate who is a general population prisoner which cost $ 24,690
a year. (Chamma, 2014).

            The death penalty is a law that people are 100 percent
for or despise 100 percent, there is no in between. People who get the death
penalty in the states that it is legalized in are the ones who do something
horribly wrong, for example murder someone, or rape another adult or child.  I personally am against the death penalty for
a number of reasons.  

I
chose to write my argumentative essay on making the death penalty illegal in
every state no matter what the circumstance. When I first set out to write this
paper my views on this topic were 100 percent different. But I honestly feel
that them spending the rest of their life rotting in jail is much more
rewarding then getting the easy quick way out of the horrible thing they have
done.