Persuasive Essay Against Capital Punishment

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Persuasive Essay Against Capital Punishment

“Kill. (Verb) To make someone or something die.”

Does anyone really think they have the right to take another person’s life? Apparently yes.

Perhaps we should give the judge a knife and tell her that if she has decided that the accused is guilty, she should stab him herself. Perhaps then she would hesitate. But if many people (hundreds or thousands who operate the judicial system) are involved, it spreads, or even divides the feeling of culpability among many. They may feel less guilty, especially if they believe that they are representing the whole society of their country. What makes it seem more “humane” is the official perspective of it.
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Another reason which people give in support of capital punishment is that with a life sentence you have to feed the criminals for years and years, but if you “terminate” their life earlier, then the government will be saving on the costs of having to support them for ever. This is actually not true at all. The court appeals involved in the death penalty turn into a long, drawn-out and very expensive process. A quote I found states, “Add up criminal justice process expenses, trial court costs, appellate and

Melanie AZ Morales Robson

Summer Examinations 2004

English Coursework

post-conviction costs, and prison costs, including years served on death row in awaiting execution. Altogether, the extra costs per death penalty imposed is over a quarter million dollars, and per execution exceeds $2 million.” This can be compared to the average cost for a twenty-year prison term for first-degree murder, which is approximately $330 thousand.

Even if it were more economical to apply capital punishment to a prisoner, this would hardly make it justifiable in a humane society.

I think therefore that a life sentence is always ultimately better than the death penalty. If, in later appeals or retrials, the executed person is found to be innocent, they cannot be