Pro Death Penalty Essay, Research Paper
PRO DEATH PENALTY
In 1976 the death penalty was reinstated into the American government, and
rightfully so. I believe in the motto: an eye for an eye , which means if someone kills
another person, they themselves should be killed. I also beleive that the American
government has been too leinient on criminals. A murderer should never be released or
put on parole so they have the chance of comitting these heinous acts again. However, I
am not (the one to say) saying that all murderers should be executed, but they should not
be able to leave the walls of the prisons they are confined to.
People who do commit the horrible crime of homocide should always face the
fact of being executed themselves for our own good. H.L Mencken states
that, tabolishinists fundamental error is thats they assume the whole aim of punishing
criminals is to deter other (potential) criminals- that we hang or electrocute(Mencken
151). Although Mencken doesnt beleive this I do. It is one of the most convincing
issues for the death penalty. Knowing you can be sent to death row and executed for the
crime of murder should make people stop and think before commiting the crime,
therefore lowering our crime rate and making the streets a safer place. Not all believe this
statement, but it is hard to calculate statistics not every state has the death penalty.
Meaning that if every state had the death penalty we could see the results, but since
every state doesn t there is no fact that can back this statement.
Some have come to the belief that the death penalty is wrong and should be
abolished. In my mind, people who think that are (excuse the pun) dead wrong. You
have to take the situation in hand, think what if your son/daughter were murdered.
Would you be sympathetic for the killer, hell no! You would want him dead the next day
and if you could kill him yourself you would. All that I am trying to say is that after
taking everything into perspective, the death penalty is the only way to go. The talk of
rehabilitation and trying to see what is wrong with these people is wasteful. You may
think you can cure these people but in most cases, you cannot. How can we be sure that
rehibilatation does work?…. and do we want to take the risk of the counsler being wrong
and releasing someone that will commit another crime? I think we shouldn t waste our
time and money with these monstrous killers, we should take their lives away from them
as quick as they took the life or lives away from their victims.
Many people say that the death penalty is expensive however, rehibilattaion and
keeping these criminals in jail for 50-80 years is preposterous. This is costing millions
and even billions of dollars. Jails are getting over-crowded and new ones have to be built
which is not cheap. Caring and feeding these men/women is costly too. I believe that it
is a waste of money to let these people live and spend, we the taxpayers money. A way
we can also decrease the expensive costs of the death penalty is to lower the amount of
appeals given to criminals. The big costs from the death penalty is through the courts and
if we limit these criminals to two or three appeals max we can lower costs. There is no
need to keep dragging these cases on if they are guilty without a doubt. Also it is not fair
to the families that have to live with the fact that justice was not served, and this person
can live, why their loved one was taken away mercilessly. All in all, you can say that the
death penalty is expensive but when you weigh out the other options, capital punishment
is not as costly as you think.
In conclusion, the death penalty in my mind is justifiable to those who commit the
crime of murder and should be administered rightfully. You can say that it is wrong, but
as I said before, it is different once it happens to you or someone you love. Then, and
only then you can comprehend the true cruelty of murder and see the perspective in
which death penalty is the best way of dealing with these murderers.