Death penalty misc17 Essay

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Death penalty misc17




Thousands will die. They are victims of senseless murder, but should the
murderous felons die as well? Capital Punishment is a major controversy. Debating
whether they receive execution or spend the rest of their ruined lives rotting in a jail cell
seems pointless. The government throws away these human’s lives. We control the lives
of these criminals and we should not waste them. We should use the thousands of them to
better our society. Rather than capital punishment, the government should create work
teams using death row criminals to better our communities.

The death penalty has been debated since the beginning of humankind. Today a
total of 94 countries and territories use the death penalty for ordinary crime, including the
United States. In the other 57 countries in the world, the death penalty no longer exists. In
some of the 57 countries, capital punishment is only banned for ordinary crimes and still
effective for military crimes or crimes committed in exceptional circumstances such as
wartime (Doan, 2).
Currently 34 of the states in the U.S. exercise capital punishment. The most recent to
abolish capital punishment was Massachusetts, in 1984, and New York, in 1995, was the
most recent to reinstate it, according to the NAACP. During 1977 and 1994, Texas
executed the highest number of prisoners, a total of 85. As of 1996 there were 3,122
inmates on death row. These convicts could help with government labor with a hope that
they might be free someday. Figures show that, with men, 80% decide in favor of the
death penalty, and women the vote was 74%.. White populations vote 81% for capital
punishment and blacks only 53% (Doan, 2). This information means that the general
public will resolve to end the lives of these killers. By offering an alternative, these
figures may alter themselves significantly.

Those opposing the death penalty would obtain some level of satisfaction with a
work program for death row inmates. “More often than not, families of murder victims do
not experience the relief they expected to feel at the execution, says Lula Redmond, a
Florida therapist.” ( Brownlee 28). “The United States is the execution capital of the
world. Now isn’t that something to be proud of?” Katie Kondrat asks sarcastically in
“The Death Penalty a Just Punishment?”. “A killer who is killed can not kill again, but a
killer in jail until he dies also can’t kill.” The well known argument against capital
punishment remains as the morality issue. Some say killing the murderer will not bring
the victim back to life. The U.S. needs a plan that will not execute but use the remaining
lifetimes in a positive manner.

The common argument for capital punishment is that it saves tax dollars, it
decreases prison overcrowding and provides equal justice. With the proposed plan, the
government would save millions on not having to hire road crews and other manual labor
task forces. The monies generated by the work provided should solve the prison crowding
issue by freeing up more funds to build and staff bigger prisons. “Without severe
punishment the justice system says that a murderer’s life is more important than the
victim’s.” says Connie Sun in contrasting part of “The Death Penalty a Just
Punishment?”. A lifetime of service to the victim and his family may be viewed as equal
justice.

What the Bible has to say about capital punishment affects peoples view on it.
The whole issue seems to stem from ideas of morality. “Men presume to claim things that
are God’s alone. They even want to decide over the life and death of people and nations,”
says Eberhard Arnold. “They forget that it is the Lord who kills and makes alive.” (
Bruderhof 2). The New Testament is based on forgiveness. “Father forgive them; for they
know not what they do,” states Luke 23:34 of the New Testament. The Bible also

contains the Ten Commandments, one of which states , “Thou shalt not kill”. From a
Biblical standpoint, capital punishment remains unacceptable to its followers. This is a
strong argument for constructively using the life of one who has killed by not repeating
the same act twice. It contains an element of forgiveness while still making the offender
confess to the misery he has caused others.

We should make use of the murderers on death row. Punishment should not come
as three minutes of minimal physical and mental pain as in execution. These killers
should have to live with their guilt, and also do more than eat up money from the
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