Is It Ethical to Execute the Mentally Ill

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Is It Ethical To Execute A Person With A Mental Illness? Toni King COMM/ 310 March 20, 2012 Matthew Friedman Is It Ethical To Execute A Person With A Mental Illness? Imagine waking up and reading in your local paper. Two little girls were murdered by their father. On Jan. 20, 2006, Crespi killed Sam and Tess as they played hide-and-seek, stabbing each of them multiple times. While reading the article many of us begin to think how could a father do this to his own children? But did the father really kill his twins? It was later learned that the father suffered from a mental illness Bipolar Disorder which can lead to violent psychosis. So the question I pose to you today is one that has been widely debated for…show more content…
Lastly, prior to a person being put to death, many of them stay on death row for over ten years fighting the automatic appeal they are given with the courts to overturn their conviction. The additional cost of confining an inmate to death row in the State of California, as compared to the maximum security prisons where those sentenced to life without the possibility of parole ordinarily serve their sentences, is $90,000 per year per inmate. “Currently with California’s current death row population of 670 that accounts for $63.3 million annually.” References Stevenson, B. (2010) Capital Punishment Retrieved from http://deathpenalty.procon.org/view.subissues.php?issueID=000133 Costazo, M.(2011) Just Revenge: Costs and Consequences of the Death Penalty Retrieved from http://.bbc.co.uk/ethics/capitalpunishment Jefferson, M.(2010) Death Penalty Retrieved from http://ethics.sandiego.edu/Applied/DeathPenalty/index.aspCached - SimilarCached -
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