Death Penalty 2 Death Penalty: Killing is Wrong To many of us death is a scary thing. We will all die one day, but when someone else takes another person’s life we think of that as wrong in many ways. Killing is wrong. If you take someone else’s life in the United States of America you go to Jail. Of course you must be proven guilty of that murder before being charged. It doesn’t matter where you live in almost every state, city and town if you kill someone you are looked down upon and you will suffer the consequences of that action.
The question s, if murder is wrong then why is the death penalty okay? Is that setting a good example for society? If you kill someone then we kill you. How much sense does that make if we are trying to eliminate killing by killing? We try to teach our children the right thing that killing is wrong. How can we teach them the right thing if we are actually killing those who kill? Yes, what these murderers do is not right in any way but cant we find a better solution than to kill? DPIC (2010) says that New Jersey is trying to abolish the death penalty.
New Jersey egislation is trying to replace the death penalty with the sentence of life without parole. This would make New Jersey the first state to abolish the death penalty since the U. S Supreme court reinstated it in 1976. Is New Jersey right for doing this? I believe so. If one state goes ahead and shows how strongly they believe that killing doesn’t solve killing maybe other states will follow and abolish the death penalty as well. Death Penalty 3 The eighth amendment states no excessive bail or fines, or cruel and unusual punishment. In the Ten Commandments it states, do not murder.
Murdering a human being is a capital sin. How are we holding true to that if we are basically commiting capital sin by killing someone who has killed. Isn’t capital punishment cruel and unusual? Some may say well they killed another human being so they should be killed themselves. What are we proving or accomplishing by giving someone the death penalty? We are telling these people that killing is right. Each year there are many people that are put on death row that may potentially be innocent. How could we be one hundred percent sure that we are not killing omeone that has not committed a murder?
Bogan (2009) states that “In 36 years, 131 death row inmates were found innocent (Death Penalty Information) and Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) testing alone has proven 234 people innocent (Innocence Project) (p. 1). ” No one is thinking of these people who are wrongly accused. At least if they were sentenced to life in prison they could fght for another states “False confessions are on the rise due to long hours or even days of interrogation. Why allow this treatment when all suspects are innocent until proven guilty (p. 2)? ” She is right.
Why should we allow this treatment if we are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty? Putting suspects in these interrogation rooms for hours on end until they can’t bare it anymore and Just confess to a crime they haven’t committed does not solve anything because that means the person who actually committed the murder is still out there somewhere. We are killing way too many innocent people out there instead of focusing on the real problem. Death Penalty 4 Many argue that keeping convicts in Jail costs us more money than giving the convicts the death penalty.
Associated Press (2009) states that it actually costs more money to execute convicts than to keep them in Jail for life. Associated Press (2009) says “Tens of millions of dollars cheaper, politicians are learning, during a tumbling recession when nearly every state faces Job cuts and massive deficits (p. 1). ” There are 36 remaining states that still have the death penalty. Many are trying to do away with it as of this year due to money and time. Why should we keep the death penalty around if it will cost less to Just keep the convicts in prison for life?