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this is a paper on the death penalty.. i want you guys opinion on how it is, how it could be improved, and how old you think the person is that wrote it! thanks(:

The death penalty is a very controversial form of capital punishment. You can get the penalty if you commit a capital crime (Capital crimes vary from state to state). 58 nations in the world, America being one, practice the death penalty today while 97 have abolished it. Not every state in the US practices the death penalty though. 33 states, including Texas, still practice the death penalty. The 16 others, Connecticut being the most recent (2011), do not practice this severe form of capital punishment. People are either for or against the death penalty. As for me, I’m for it.

I can understand people not supporting the death penalty though. The person is still a human. That gives us no right, being humans also, to kill the person. But I believe Galatians 6:7; “Do not be deceived. God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” Killing someone purposely means you need to be killed. Statistics show that the penalty doesn’t result in a lower death/murder rate, but in reality it does. "Common sense, lately bolstered by statistics, tells us that the death penalty will deter murder... People fear nothing more than death. Therefore, nothing will deter a criminal more than the fear of death... life in prison is less feared. Murderers clearly prefer it to execution -- otherwise, they would not try to be sentenced to life in prison instead of death... Therefore, a life sentence must be less deterrent than a death sentence. And we must execute murderers as long as it is merely possible that their execution protects citizens from future murder.” That was a quote of Ernest Van Den Haag, late Professor of Jurisprudence at Fordham University. Another reason people are against the death penalty is 1 in 7 innocent people are put to death through the death penalty. This fact is based on numbers and statistics from over 300 years ago when the laws and justice system weren’t the same. There is no credible evidence to show that any innocent people have been executed since the death penalty was reactivated in the US in 1976. Also, there are flaws in anything done by humans. That fact has to be accepted even though the justice system is even more conscientious on serious cases like the death penalty.

One of the biggest reasons the death penalty is good is it costs less which in turn saves taxpayers and the state money. Dudley Sharp, director of the Death Penalty Resources at Justice For all stated, "Many opponents present, as fact, that the cost of the death penalty is so expensive (at least $2 million per case?), that we must choose life without parole ('LWOP') at a cost of $1 million for 50 years. Predictably, these pronouncements may be entirely false. JFA [Justice for All] estimates that LWOP cases will cost $1.2 million-$3.6 million more than equivalent death penalty cases. There is no question that the upfront costs of the death penalty are significantly higher than for equivalent LWOP cases. There also appears to be no question that, over time, equivalent LWOP cases are much more expensive... than death penalty cases. Opponents ludicrously claim that the death penalty costs, over time, 3-10 times more than LWOP." Another reason is you could save people’s lives. Some capital crime offenders (their crimes being treason, espionage, aircraft piracy, murder, etc) could end up killing more people or causing more people to be killed in the long run. Murderers, like any criminal, are likely to repeat their crime again if they had gotten away with it the first time. So basically, ending the life of the perpetrator will save more innocent lives than you take away. My final reason is that killing someone is like taking their eye. Since you took theirs, you must give them yours. It’s the same concept with murder. If you take someone’s life, you must give your own. Exodus 21:23-25; “But if there is serious injury, you are to take a life for a life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise.”

In conclusion, I believe the death penalty is just form of capital punishment that should be in effect everywhere. Action needs to be taken to make this happen. Action starts with us as the people, me as the citizen, and this as the paper.

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  • 8 years ago
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    You may, of course, cite Dudley Sharp, but he and his organization are in a tiny minority on the issue of costs.

    The death penalty costs much more than life in prison. Study after study has found that the death penalty is much more expensive than life in prison. Since the stakes are so high, the process is far more complex than for any other kind of criminal case. The largest costs come at the pre-trial and trial stages. The tremendous expenses in a death penalty case apply whether or not the defendant is convicted, let alone sentenced to death.

    Examples- trial costs (death penalty and non death penalty cases, California):

    People v. Scott Peterson, Death Penalty Trial

    $3.2 Million Total

    People v. Rex Allen Krebs Death Penalty Trial

    $2.8 Million Total

    People v. Cary Stayner, Death Penalty Trial

    $2.368 Million Total

    People v. Robert Wigley, Non-Death Penalty Trial

    $454,000 Total

    This data is for cases where the best records have been kept.

    Some factors:

    • more pre-trial time will be needed to prepare: cases typically take a year to come to trial

    • more pre-trial motions filed and answered

    • more experts will be hired

    • twice as many attorneys will be appointed for the defense, and a comparable team for the prosecution

    • jurors must be individually quizzed on their views about the death penalty, and they are more likely to be sequestered

    • two trials instead of one will be conducted: one for guilt and one for punishment

    • the trial will be longer: a cost study at Duke University estimated that death penalty trials take 3 to 5 times longer than typical murder trials

    The numbers vary from state to state, but they all point in the same direction. From a fairly typical state study of the costs of the death penalty:

    “The study counted death penalty case costs through to execution and found that the median death penalty case costs $1.26 million. Non-death penalty cases were counted through to the end of incarceration and were found to have a median cost of $740,000. For death penalty cases, the pre-trial and trial level expenses were the most expensive part, 49% of the total cost. The investigation costs for death-sentence cases were about 3 times greater than for non-death cases. The trial costs for death cases were about 16 times greater than for non-death cases ($508,000 for death case; $32,000 for non-death case).” (Kansas: Performance Audit Report: Costs Incurred for Death Penalty Cases: A K-GOAL Audit of the Department of Corrections)

    Likewise, the Van den Haag quote referring to "common sense" has not shown to be true. Homicide rates for states that use the death penalty are consistently higher than for those that don’t. The most recent FBI data confirms this. For people without a conscience, fear of being caught is the best deterrent. The death penalty is no more effective in deterring others than life sentences.

    Source(s): Links to the primary sources (that is, the state studies) can be found at FBI and for state by state homicide rates from the FBI (alphabetically) showing which states have the death penalty
  • 8 years ago


    Fact checking is, absolutely, critical in this debate. I fact check.

    Anti death penalty claims are false or pro death penalty positions are stronger.

    Can any jurisdiction have a responsible death penalty protocol whereby the costs are similar or less expensive than life without parole cases?

    Of course.

    In responsible states, the death penalty should be less expensive than a life sentence.

    In Virginia, for example, 75% of those sent to death row have been executed, on average, within 7.1 years of sentencing, a protocol which will almost always be cheaper than a life sentence.

    All jurisdictions could do that and save money over LWOP.

    It is crucial to check the claims and methodology of the death penalty cost studies. Often they are either very deceptive or inaccurate, just as some studies which compare the costs of the death penalty vs life without parole.

    Instead of an apple to apples comparison, we often find a kangaroos to apples comparison.

    Make sure you fact check.

    Response to Absurd California Death Penalty Cost "Study"

    Maryland Cost Study Problems: Urban Institute: "Cost of the Death Penalty in Maryland"

    Duke (North Carolina) Death Penalty Cost Study: Let's be honest

    Cost, Deception & the Death Penalty: The Colorado Experience

    "Death Penalty Cost Studies: Saving Costs over LWOP"

    Cost Savings: The Death Penalty


    Of all endeavors that put innocents at risk, is there one with a better record of sparing innocent lives than the US death penalty? Unlikely.

    1) The Death Penalty: Saving More Innocent Lives

    2) Innocents More At Risk Without Death Penalty

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