California's Death Penalty

1667 Words Jun 27th, 2005 7 Pages
¿California's Death Penalty? What are we mad about electricity rates, gasoline prices, traffic congestion and crowded schools? We're missing the point here. What were missing here is some good, old and honest anger about an issue that has been a concern for decades – California's Death Penalty. The Death Penalty has long been a problem in California from costs, deterrence, overcrowded prisons, execution of the innocent and so on. Then if were having all these problems why should we continue using this system? The death penalty is the sentence of execution for murder and other capital crimes. Which are punishable by death? The death penalty is used only in 38 states (www.deathpenalty.org). The state of California is home to the nation's …show more content…
The death sentence, once carried out, is irreversible. If society executes an innocent prisoner, there is no way to undo the error. The advantage of imprisonment it always leaves the possibility of overturning a wrongful conviction (Capital Punishment, pg 19-20). While years lost because of being incarcerated it cannot be returned but there might be some sort of compensation. The possibility that innocent sentenced to death does exist. In California, at least six men have been sentenced to death, that were either acquitted on the charge of murder or had their murder convictions overturned (www.deathpenalty.org). California has executed just 10 inmates since it restored capital punishment in 1978. In that same period, 38 death row inmates have died of other causes: three were killed by other prisoners, a dozen committed suicide and the rest died of natural causes (www.deathpenalty.org) According to California law, all death penalty appeals are heard by the Supreme Court. It is more likely that an inmate, who is sentenced to death, will sit on death row for more than five years before he is appointed an attorney for his first and mandatory appeal to the California Supreme Court. The death penalty or capital punishment may be approved by Congress or the state's legislature for murder and other capital crimes. The Supreme Court has ruled that the death penalty is a "violation" of the eighth amendment's ban

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