The death penalty

The death penalty

The death penalty in the United States should definitely not be abolished. There are many reasons that clearly establish that the death penalty should not be abolished. The death penalty has proven to decrease the number of murder rates in the United States. It is better economically to send a person to the death penalty than to keep him in prison. When a person murders someone, the only way people will fell comfortable is if he is executed. It doesn’t deny the death penalty in the bible, and still this is one of the biggest arguments for anti-death penalty arguers.

When a murderer is executed, not only is he being punished for his past crimes, but innocent lives are being saved. Deterrent statistics show that executions decrease murder rates in two reasons. The murderer won’t be able to kill again, and people won’t kill due to the fear of being executed. There have been more than 5000 cases found which show many innocent lives saved by the fear of being executed. There are also very accurate studies showing that executions lead to less murders being committed. The only reason that these studies are not very obvious is due to the fact that only 0.08% of murderers have been executed since 1973, and this is too little to clearly show that executions decrease the number of murder rates, but when studied carefully it is shown. It is clear that executions save lives. So we can spare the lives of the guilty, therefore sacrificing the lives of the innocent, or we can execute the guilt, thereby saving innocent lives. An example that shows that the death penalty does produce a decrease in murder rates than if it did not exist can be shown in the comparison of the murder rates in the states of Delaware and the state of Washington DC. In Washington DC the death penalty does not exist and it is the state with the most murders committed. In Delaware the death penalty is used more than in any other state and it has the lowest murder rate in the United States. It has been proven that murderers do kill again. In fact 6% of young adults paroled in 1978 after having being convicted of murder were arrested again for murder within 6 years of their release.

The death penalty is better than life without parole financially. Life without parole is very costly for many reasons; the increase in prison costs due to inflation and decisions of judges regarding prison conditions, medical costs, injury to inmates by violence which happens a lot, because when a person is in prison for life he has nothing to loose, cost of trials and appeals. When experts calculated all the costs for life without parole, the cost turns out to an average of $3.1 million for a maximum security prison. When they calculated the costs for executions it comes out to $1.8 per person. This shows that is cheaper to execute a person than to sentence him to life in prison.

A very good reason for the death penalty to be active is for the comfort of innocent people. When someone kills a person, those people’s loved ones deserve to see the killer die, and they won’t be satisfied until they do. A killer once raped and murdered a child, who was only 8 years old, and he was not sentenced to the death penalty but to life in prison, the father took matters into his own hands and killed the man before he was taken to prison. Innocent people won’t feel safe if a murderer is still alive, because there is a chance that he may escape. A murderer who is sentenced to life without parole can injure and kill inmates, and security guards.

One of the biggest arguments of anti-anti death penalty arguers is that the bible denies killing people no matter what, but this is not true. Even though it is not relevant to the legal application of the death penalty in the United States, religious issues are a significant when it comes to arguing an issue morally. All religious scholars agree that the correctly translated commandment “Thou shalt not murder” is a prohibition against individual cases of murder, but not when it comes to the government punishing a murderer by death. The Hebrew bible even says that death is a proper punishment. Quite clearly, the New Testament carries on the earlier mentality.” As Jesus described in the Sermon on the Mount, “Obedience will be rewarded with life; disobedience will be punished with destruction. A God who rewards with life and punishes with death is One whose laws provide for death as a judicial punishment.” Christ was crucified and killed for the sins of man and this shows that the bile has no objection toward punishing a sinner with death, and a murderer would lie under the category of a sinner.

The death penalty has proven to decrease the number of murder rates in the United States in many ways. It is better financially to sentence a person to the death penalty than to life in prison. When a person murders someone, innocent people have the right to not be worried about him when he is caught, and the only way to do this is by sentencing him to the death penalty. Any argument that says that the death penalty should be abolished because of the bible is a false argument because the bible clearly does not object to the death penalty.