Should The Death Penalty Be Abolished?

1226 Words Apr 3rd, 2015 5 Pages
Historically, the death penalty was created to punish a crime, to prevent it from repeating, and to deter further crimes. The United States’ use of the death penalty can be traced back as early as 1608, when early European settlers executed Captain George Kendall for being a spy from Spain (“Part I: History of the Death Penalty”, n.d.). As time progressed the amount of money to sustain such a punishment slowly became a burden to States. As 32 States currently have the death penalty, taxpayers and politicians are becoming aware of the finical burden to continue with the death penalty. The trial and procedures are very lengthy and can require large amounts of money to convict a prisoner beyond a reasonable doubt. The decision to choose this topic came from my opinion of the death penalty and how it benefits the United States which lead me to do further research. While my group focuses on “Should the death penalty be abolished?” this paper will concentrate on the economic aspects of the death penalty by asking, “Is the death penalty cost effective and efficient way of punishment?”
The Death Penalty and Procedures:
It is a traditionally held belief that the death penalty is a quicker and less expensive method of punishment for offenders of capital crimes. This is a belief that comes from a simplistic view and association of the death penalty with daily occurrences of human death and thus executions do not require extensive resources. However contrary to the common belief,…
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