It is legal in many states as a punishment for serious crimes, but that does not make it right.
Over the past 13 years, Florida has spent $57 million to carry out 18 executions.
If you divide this dollar amount by the number of executions, you come up with a cost of $3.2 million for each execution. In addition, using the death penalty is a very slow process.
After that amount is multiplied by the number of dangerous inmates serving life sentences, it is economically logical to employ capital punishment in the corrections system, which only costs taxpayers $86. How can the families of victims live peaceful lives, knowing that their tax money is being used provide a healthy, comfortable, and long life for the person who murdered and striped their loved one of human dignity, rather than being spent to serve retribution to such horrible criminals?
One of the main goals of punishment in the criminal justice system is retribution, which means equal punishment is ordered according to the severity of the crime.
Many current arguments against capital punishment, like Bright’s, provide examples of outdated death penalty cases that have sentenced “children,...mentally ill,” and self-represented defendants to death (175). Wainwright established that all defendants are guaranteed counsel when they face serious charges, defendants have not been allowed to represent themselves. Simmons cases outlawed the execution of mentally ill or developmentally disabled offenders, as well as offenders under the age of 18. Georgia case ruled that death penalty, executed by lethal injection, was a lawful sanction because it required that defendants facing capital punishment must be offered the opportunity to appeal at any time during the court process, their cases must be split into trial and sentencing phases, and both mitigating and aggravating factors contributing to the defendant’s guilt or innocence must be presented during trial (Cole et al. This case ruling protects citizens’ Constitutional rights, and establishes guidelines to the death penalty that ensures the upholding of each defendant’s dignity throughout the corrections process.
This establishment ensures that indignant or mentally ill defendants will not be executed because they couldn’t properly represent themselves. The capital punishment requirements outlined by The Supreme Court allow victims and their families to know that justice was served for the despicable crimes committed against them, and relieves families of any guilt, knowing that the criminal was punished humanely and fairly.According to the eighth amendment in the United States Constitution, every American citizen is protected from cruel and unusual punishment in the criminal justice system.Throughout history, there have been many court cases that have ruled for or against the death penalty, but the issue of whether capital punishment is morally just or not is still debated today (Cole et al. As a criminal justice student, I view the death penalty as a successful and ethical form of punishment on the grounds that it deters citizens and prevents criminals from committing violent acts, is an extremely cheap financial method of punishing criminals that affirms righteous life, and provides retribution to victims and their families.An argument against capital punishment, originally refuted by Edward Koch, is that it is the hypocritical, intentional, government approved, murder of a human being, in a society that criminalizes the taking of human life (par. An opposer of the death penalty on this argumentative platform could reference the Supreme Court case of Furman v. This appellate case was able to abolish the death penalty in 1972, with the argument that all present methods of execution, such as hanging, electrocution, and the gas chamber, were forms of cruel and unusual punishment (Cole et al. This view is understandable, but fails to realize that the government has different rights compared to individual citizens.By carrying out death penalty sentences, the government successfully prevents serious offenders from ever killing again, and warns citizens that they might receive the same punishment if they ever commit brutal crimes.Instead of attempting to implement new laws based on ambiguous religious scriptures, spiritual opponents should first be informed of all the rules established by Supreme Court cases that clarify how capital punishment upholds all human and American rights.It is irrefutable that the death penalty is cheaper than incarcerating menacing citizens for life, and by putting such treacherous human beings to death, we improve the quality and value of life for society.Additionally, states that do not have the death penalty have had significantly lower mortality rates compared to states that have enforced the capital punishment.In 2015, the murder rates in states with the penalty were 4.75% while in states without capital punishment, the crime rates stood at 3.70% (DPIC, n.d.).One bad apple can spoil the whole bunch; by allowing murderers to live in the same world as morally righteous people, we hinder the overall potential we have as a human race to achieve enlightenment and ensure positive environments for future generations.According to a 2012 survey from the Vera Institute of Justice, holding one criminal in prison costs taxpayers an average of ,286 a year (Henrichson 9).