A Argument Against The Death Penalty

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Proposition 34
First degree murder is generally defined as the unlawful killing of a human being that was either deliberate or premeditated or takes place at the same time as certain other crimes such as, kidnapping. Current state laws make first degree murder punishable by death or life imprisonment without the possibility of parole when specific “Special Circumstances” of the crime have been charged or been proven in court. It is possible though to be released by the parole board after a minimum of 25 years if they feel you are worthy. The death penalty is a topic that the United States is divided on. Currently there are 31 states with the death penalty and California is on that list. In 2012 a ballot was proposed that would appeal the death penalty as the maximum punishment for people found guilty of murder and replaces it with life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. I am against prop 34 because keeping these inmates alive is very costly to the government and shows low morals for the victim’s family members. At the time of the election California currently had 725 people on death row who had exhausted all their appeals and were eligible for execution. Each inmate in prison costs $63,000 a year when that amount of money could go to road construction, education, military funding, etc. Due to the drawn out appeals process the cost of incarceration is increased and our social morals insure the health of a convicted criminal are part of the increased

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