Essay on The Death Penalty

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Imagine that someone you love or someone very close to you is a victim of a very serious crime, a crime so serious that the person who committed it is now sitting on death row with limited time left to live. How do you think you would feel? Would you be thinking that they deserved to die? Or would you be hoping that evidence would come to light to show them innocent or, even though the crime was horrific would you think they don’t deserve to be punished by death? Would you want to watch the person die at the hands of the law to ensure justice has been served or would you rather they spend the rest of their life in prison as punishment? When violent crime affects you personally it can make the death penalty look like a good option. The death …show more content…
Although some inmates actually try to get on death row because death row prisoners have better conditions in prison such as more phone privileges, allowed more personal property inside their cells and 6 cubic feet of snacks and entertainment devices for each prisoner. “It’s not that he thinks conditions will be better, they are better.” [When] said an attorney for a prisoner convicted of murder who has requested death row for his prison sentence. If we kept the death sentence it would prevent overpopulation in the prisons and allow more room for minor criminals.
One of the concerns people have with the death penalty is the scenario when some innocent person is put to death because of lack of evidence. Now that we have DNA testing and other modern crime scene science it can eliminate almost all uncertainty as to a person’s guilt or innocence. Another reason people want to eliminate the death penalty is the cost. It does, in fact, cost more of taxpayers’ money to execute someone than to keep them in prison for a life term. “In New Jersey, a commission found that using the alternative sentence of life without parole would save the state $1.3 million per inmate.” [What’s] Even juries have backed off imposing the death sentence on criminals “in 1996, 57% of all death penalty trials ended with…

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