The Pain Of The Death Penalty

1435 WordsOct 23, 20146 Pages
Austin Reinoehl ENG 105 – 55 Chase Edwards October 23, 2014 The Pain in the Death Penalty Throughout history, societies have witnessed deviance and criminality among its citizens, and criminologists have spent centuries attempting to understand what causes deviance, why do people act how they act and do what they do. No matter how criminals come to be, the criminal justice systems have consequences in place in order to maintain peace in the communities. One of these consequences is capital punishment, the authorized killing of a person as punishment for a crime, and in most states in the United States of America, lethal injection is the common practice used for ending the life of someone. In one state particularly, Arizona, many citizens are calling for a reexamination of the death penalty due to its effect on the economy and crime rate, and how it is arbitrarily applied within the criminal justice system. The practice of legally killing somebody via lethal injection in the United States is damaging the country’s economy. According to the video, The 2% Death Penalty, capital punishment cases only come from a small number of counties in the United States, and one of the largest is Arizona’s very own Maricopa County. All state taxpayers share the high cost of legally injecting someone with lethal chemicals, and it is estimated that the total cost of one death sentence in about $3 million after being applied. “The death penalty is much more expensive than life without parole
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