Capital Punishment Has Always Been A Major Controversy

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Capital punishment has always been a major controversy ever since the Supreme Court ruled it constitutional. Capital punishment, also known as the death penalty, became extremely popular as a use of “punishment” for ones illegal actions. The death penalty was first established during 1834 for crimes committed such as “idolatry, witchcraft, blasphemy, murder, manslaughter, poisoning, bestiality, sodomy, adultery, man stealing, and false witness in case rebellion” (Bohm). According to Bohm’s article, “during the previous years, everyone was evil, plagued by the curse of original sin and criminals were simply less able to control evil, and crime was considered a failure of will.” A Capital Punishment Info base resource adds to the same…show more content…
Is it sincerely worth it to take a person’s life if it cost more to kill someone rather than keeping them alive? A couple of articles have provided information on specifics over the cost of capital punishment. According to authors Reams and Putnam, the cost of incarnation for inmates average up to “$33,100 a year” he further adds to inform how a murder case can rise up to a price of “proximally two million dollars, not to forget that the cost of a lawsuit continues for a long a time.” Reams and Putnam illustrate that keeping an inmate alive cost more that executing them. An article was written by Robert Bohm that also informs us with the same beliefs as Reams and Putnam, which notify the readers that it “cost more to keep an inmate alive due to the living expenses such as feeding, housing, and providing for other needs.” Bohm also claims “the cost of locking a criminal for life cost up to $622,000.” However, even though Ream and Putnam argued that it cost more to keep an inmate alive, Bohm reasoned the readers that the cost per execution on an inmate can “rise up to two million dollars” he furthermore updates on the amount of money that taxpayers pay for death penalty per state, “California taxpayers pay 137 million, New Jersey pays 253 million, Indiana pays 741,000, Kansas 1.2 million, and Maryland pays 186 million.”(Bohm) Both articles together indicate that being sent on death row averages to a higher expense than being put in prison for
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