“Eye for an Eye” and “Tooth for a Tooth” remains to be two of the 282laws of justice that Hammurabi established.
I am headed towards the topic ofCapital Punishment. I am here to support Capital Punishment, and I believe thatit has many positive effects to our society. One of the more common proceduresin our country is the Death Penalty. the death penalty is extraordinarily rare. Since 1967, there has been one execution for every 1600 murders, or 0.
06%. Therehave been approximately 560,000 murders and 358 executions from 1967-1996 FBI’sUniform Crime Report (UCR) ; Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS). As asupporter of Capital Punishment, putting a murderer to death row deters crime,efficiently utilizes the publics money, and is an equal retaliation. Body Ipersonally believe that execution is an effective deterrent of crime. To supportthis argument, I think that if a person knows how fast you can be put to deathby committing a crime, it will make them fully aware of their consequences indoing such crime. Although this doesnt stand for all people, I can say thatit is an educational statement that many believe to be true.
For all the peoplethat are rational in the thought, the punishment of death seems to be a likelydeterrent. Safety is another reason why I am fore Capital Punishment. Itguarantees the society that the convicted murderer will never be out to commitanother crime, which takes away a persons fear for their life from that oneperson. Statistics by Dr. Isaac Ehrlich at the University of Chicago claimedthat capital punishment is indeed a deterrent. His research has shown that ifthe death penalty is used in a consistent way, it may deter as many as 8murderers for every execution carried out.
Also, Life Imprisonment most of thetime only gives the prisoner one last chance to get out of the punishment,because prisoners are continually growing in number which leads to overcrowdedjail facilities. This allows the criminals to have an early parole than theirsentence should have been which is totally wrong. When a persons minds intentis to kill someone, they should suffer and be executed. The opponents that areagainst Capital Punishment claims that a person executed could be innocent. While this could be true, and does happen, as a Christian, I believe that Godwill be the last person to make the final decision and judgment upon who isguilty or not. He will reconsider the fact of going to hell or heaven.
If youdid not commit the crime, he will be the one to make the final decision. Andthats the way a true Christian should view that issue. If you are not abeliever, there are still many safeguards guaranteeing protection of the rightsof those facing the death penalty. Some Safe Guards: 1) Capital punishment maybe imposed only when guilt is determined by clear and convincing evidenceleaving no room for an alternative explanation of the facts. 2) Anyone sentencedto death shall receive the right to appeal to a court of higher jurisdiction 3)Anyone sentenced to death shall have the right to seek pardon 4) Persons beloweighteen years of a age, pregnant women , new mothers or persons who have becomeinsane shall not be sentenced to death Capital Punishment, such as the deathpenalty, does in fact save money. Most people believe that it costs more toexecute murderers than to imprison them for life, because of the cost of courtappeals, and the time that it takes to carry out the death sentence procedure.
But studies show that over time, Life Imprisonment costs more money overall thanLife imprisonment does. JFA estimates that Life with out parole Costs 1. 2-3. 6million more dollars than equivalent death penalty cases.
There is defiantly noquestion that the up front costs of the death penalty are much more higher thanfor equivalent LWOP cases. There also appears to be no question that, over time,equivalent LWOP cases are much more expensive – from $1. 2 to $3. 6 million – thandeath penalty cases.
Capital Punishment is also an equivalent form ofpunishment. When a person murders a person, they should be ready to have theirlife taken. The victim suffers more than the murderer on death row, because thevictim deserved none of the suffering inflicted. The death of a murdered victimhas a greater impact on their family, friends, and loved ones. For their lovedone got murdered for unknown reasons. When a killer is executed, he is sufferingthe consequences upon what he did.
It is only fair to punish someone equallyupon what they did. BibliographyUs Vital Statistics Abstract, 1994, and C. P. 1995 BJS 1996 DeathPenalty-American Civil Liberties Union