The Death Penalty Debate Essay

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The death penalty is one of the most debated issues in the United States. It is a judicially ordered execution of a prisoner for a capital crime. There are many people who oppose the death penalty and then there are many people who support the death penalty. People who are against it think it is inhumane or it is too expensive. The people who are for the death penalty feel that it gives a chance for individuals to be accused for their wrongful acts.

Each year billions of dollars are spent to sentence criminals to death. The death penalty costs $24 million dollars on average per execution (Pudlow). Since the death penalty is so expensive thirteen states have made it illegal to use the death penalty, and thirty seven states still have the
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Also no innocent person has been executed by the death penalty but there has been cases of people on death row who have been found innocent by DNA proof and have been released.

There are many flaws in the death penalty system, for instance more people are sentenced to death row than killed in a year. So those people on death row sit for years waiting to be executed. The United States needs to show potential killers that they are serious about executing people and increase the number of executions per year, so potential murders will know their fate before killing. They will know that if caught and convicted, they will face a sure death. In order to promote and maintain a sense of justice and moral order, the death penalty must be used more frequently and quickly because being executed is reserved as punishment for only the worst criminals.

There are also reasons to be against the death penalty one reason is that it costs on average $24 million dollars per execution for all of the fees that it costs to pay for a lawyer, and the supplies to actually execute the person (Pudlow). There is also the case that two wrongs don’t make a right so why do some states murder a murderer it still isn’t the right thing to do. Is the “eye for an eye” treatment the right thing to do if it is the courts should have the rapists get raped and arsonists should get their house burned down. The death penalty is really expensive it would be just as fair to sentence the

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