Two Wrongs Don't Make a Right Essay

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Imagine a man sitting in a room blindfolded with his legs and arms tied. Suddenly about 2,000 volts of electricity causes his body to convulse uncontrollably. Five seconds later it’s over and this man is dead. He wasn’t a victim of a random crime nor is he being tortured. What was just described is perfectly legal in America. It was the harshest penalty the American justice system can administer. Capital punishment does not seem to when described in this manner; it sounds like a scene described from a horror movie. Many nations have replaced this primeval system of punishment with life imprisonment. The death penalty is not a solution to heinous crimes, and humanity should abdicate its use as a form of punishment. The death…show more content…
If a case advances further in the state or federal appeals process, the costs are likely to jump to $275,000 or more for each appeal.” Freedman reaffirms this idea saying, “In Florida, each execution runs the state $3,200,000—six times the expense of life imprisonment.” For the cost of executing one person in Florida, six criminals could be put in prison for life. Would it not give the public more peace of mind knowing that six criminals were in prison for life instead of one murderer being dead? “California could save about $90,000,000 per year by abolishing the death penalty and re-sentencing all of its Death Row inmates to life [in prison]” Freedman also explains. Not only does this prove that the death penalty is expensive, it also proves that the death penalty is a waste of money. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, California has only executed thirteen individuals since 1976. So one would ask how it is possible for California to save that much money a year if they are not implementing the death penalty on a regular basis. Freedman explains, “These expenses are incurred even though the outcome of most such trials is a sentence other than death and even though up to 50% of the death verdicts that are returned are reversed on the constitutionality of the first appeal.” In other words, the majority of murderers who are considered for the death penalty are not ultimately executed. Instead, they go through all of the trials and

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