Death Penalty And Deep Into Capital Punishment

1350 WordsApr 2, 20176 Pages
According to the, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget states that the person reading this right now has a life worth roughly seven to eight million dollars. Other agencies, such as the Environmental Protection Agency, have the number set at 9.1 million. It’s interesting to think on this number considering that some people will never come close to making or seeing this amount of money. Although, at the same time, studies have conducted that you as a human being are worth that much. So if we are worth so much, for example nine million, then an estimated 13,032,000,000 dollars in human lives have been wasted since 1976. This is the year that the death penalty was reinstated. This was a wrong move on the government’s part…show more content…
That number is 20 out of 2095. This year alone, three months into the year, there have already been six. We are quickly approaching our previous 20. The problem is, it’s costing us. According to a study made by Loyola Marymount Law Professor Paula Mitchell, between 1980 and 2012, California spent an estimated four billion on administering death penalty cases while actually only executing thirteen people. In this study she says “the legal costs, per case, skyrocket an extra one hundred thirty-four million dollars per year, which is well above the cost to implement life without possibility of parole.” states that capital punishment cases burden county budgets with large unexpected costs. These counties manage these high costs by decreasing funding for highways and police and by increasing taxes. The report estimates that between 1982 and 1997 the extra cost of capital trials was $1.6 billion. That money could’ve easily either been not collected from tax payers or used for something much more efficient than being wasted on trials and cases that over 99% would not have even gone through and resulted in a death. The reinstating of the death penalty has not shown a decrease in crime activity. Through the years of it being in effect, before and after it was reinstated, it has shown to have no drop in crime and illegal activities. While individually, to certain people, it may have been enough to not commit crimes, in the grand scheme of things it has
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