Capital Punishment: Give me liberty or give me death? Essay

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Ages ago in Greek and Roman culture there was many ways of execution for the inmate such as: putting the person in a bag with venomous snakes and let them kill them, or put them in a cooper bull that they would put the person in the bull close it. Then they would build a fire under the bull and listen to the person scream. The screaming would turn to smoke when it went through the nostrils making it look as if it was mad (history channel). In biblical era the death penalty was even used in harsh ways such as stoning people as the famous Jesus story which says the one who has not sinned throw the first stone. And no one threw the stone because some way in their lives they have done something but not gotten caught. Today many types of …show more content…
All thought it was thought to be quick and painless with your head off you still lived for approximately 30 seconds after you were “lifeless”. Only now do we know this. Death Penalty supporters say it is cheaper to kill the convict rather than keep them alive but contrary to that belief it is not. Even though each day it cost the tax payers $55.09 which is roughly $20,108 a year (Hurley), this is nothing compared to the legal fees that the inmate racks up leaving you and I the tax payers to pick up the tab. For an inmate that is death row it cost $68,000 in the due to observation of guards all hours of the day compared to the $38,000 to watch them if they are only on a life sentence (Hurley). Even though the cost of the lethal injection is only $86 the inmate will appeal every time he/she does not win his/her case and if he/she does win the case the prosecution will appeal the decision of the court (capital punishment UK). The legal damages for the District Attorney or any other lawyer that is assigned to the inmate far outweigh the cost of keeping the inmate alive. For every time the case is appealed it is an automatic $700,000 (Hurley) for that alone plus the per hour pay of the lawyer which can range from $100-$1000 dollars. Either end of the pay scale you choose the cost per lawyer is far more than the actual amount of money spent on keeping the inmate in prison for life. Most appeal cases take about 3 years to go back to trial
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