There are so many reasons to abolish the death penalty. One being that it is not a deterrent, because murder is most often committed irrationally. The death penalty does not come to one’s mind in the heat of an argument when a spouse is caught cheating, a fight breaks out, etc. Also it is morally is it wrong which I will make my point to in a moment. But first; the cost, which is the last of my concern. However taxpayers want to know where their money goes.
For the longest time people assumed that it was more expensive to keep an inmate alive, when in fact it is just the opposite. There are many questions as to the real effect the death penalty has on people; from the executioners to the families of the victim and offender, the attorneys, warden, and the list goes on. What if the man/woman executed is innocent as we have come to see in the highly controversial execution of eg. Troy Davis.
Ending a life takes too big of a toll on everyone, retribution is not the answer. America is one of the last countries in the world that still practices capital punishment, yet we are the “most civilized”. Our values and beliefs are a joke,m especially those claiming to be Christians. The death penalty is systemically racist because there is a disproportionate amount of executions of black men when the victim is white versus white men when the victim is black.
For more info copy and paste: http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/documents/FactSheet.pdf
- An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.
- Mahatma Gandhi, (attributed)
Indian political and spiritual leader (1869 – 1948)
By Poppa Joe 6.2.2012 2:35pm
Is Death Penalty A Deterrent?
Research shows that the death penalty is no better or now worse as a general deterrent than is life in prison. Several recent studies have claimed that it is a general deterrent, but analysis of these studies by economists reveals they are deeply flawed. Capital punishment is not a specific deterrent, but is a form of incapacitation. A 2006 Gallup poll reveals that only 24% of Americans believe that the death penalty is a deterrent.
by Dr. Michael Blankenship@ 7:16 AM Tue, Aug 11, 2009