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My belief of the death penalty is that I agree with it. I think if you commit the crimes that fit the punishment, then you should do the punishments for committing the crime. I believe if the Death Penalty was abolished in this country, the murder rate would increase and the criminals would believe this to be a green light and a light of hope to get out of jail no matter what crimes they commit.

The most common methods used today to punish criminals who are sentence to death are, execution by hanging, execution by gas chamber, execution by guillotine, execution by the electric chair, execution by a firing squad, and execution by lethal injection.

In the State of Louisiana, the method of lethal injection is used to execute criminals sentenced to death. Execution by lethal injection is usually the easiest and least painful method of execution; thus it is the most commonly used. It involves the intravenous injection of a lethal quantity of a short acting barbiturate in combination with a paralytic agent. Though this is a very effective method of execution, doctors have proven that it may not work on diabetics and former drug users. This is because the veins may be hard to reach, so a slight cut into a deeper vein is required. The mix of the barbiturate and the paralytic agent flows through the blood stream killing cells. Death occurs within seconds of injection.

There have been several Supreme Court cases that have had an effect on the Death Penalty.

-The court upheld the two-stage procedural requirements of Georgia’s new capitol punishment law as necessary fro ensuring the separation of the highly personal information needed in a sentencing decision

According to Kaplan, “Deterrence and Retribution are two major justifications for Capitol punishment”. In using the death penalty the fact is that a person who commits murder cannot commit murder again, and a person who commits rape cannot rape again. The only other choice you would have is to sentence the person to life in imprisonment. This would only be wasting money, time, and space. I do not believe that the death penalty is deterrence on committing crime. I do not believe a person who is about to commit a crime, which the death penalty is the punishment, thinks about the consequences before he does it.

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 estimates that LWOP cases will cost $1.2 million – $3.6 million more than equivalent death penalty cases. There is no question that the up front costs of the death penalty are significantly higher than for equivalent life without parole cases. There also appears to be no questioning that, over time, equivalent life without parole cases are much more expensive – from $1.2 to $3.6 million – than death penalty cases. Opponents ludicrously claim that the death penalty costs, over time, 3-10 times more than life without parole cases.

In conclusion, the death penalty is an effective and justifiable form of punishment. With society’s belief that revenge, protection, and just deserts are legitimate reasons for capitol punishment and with reviewing particular Supreme Court cases, it is my own personal opinion that the death penalty, or the threat of, is a meritorious and viable solution.

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