The death penalty. The act of killing someone to punish him for a crime. Is it justifiable, morally and constitutionally? I always thought that putting someone in a cell for the rest of their natural life had to be the most terrifying and worst punishment there could ever be. However, when i was 6 years old, my father enlightened me to the fact that the government could enable capital punishment, and have you killed. Immediately i believed that this was in fact justifiable. If you killed someone, you deserved to die as well. But as I've gotten older, my opinions have changed.
I started to realize that if we incarcerated someone for the rest of their life, why would we kill them? Are they not already suffering a fate worse than death, that of having no free will? Personally I would rather be dead than have to ask when to use the restroom and be told when i must go to bed for the rest of my life. Not to mention on a moral level, that killing people is wrong. Mohatma Ghandi once said that "An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole word blind". If we kill someone for having killed another person, how are we any different than the original offender? As a society we cannot make the mistake to sink as low as the common murderer any longer.
People who read this and disagree will most likely bring up the common argument, why should our tax dollars be spent keeping a murderer alive when we could just have them killed? The truth is, capital punishment costs more money than just letting the prisoner live without the option of parole. According to Jeanne Woodford, former director of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California spends an additional $177 million each year working towards the death of prisoners on death row. Couldn't that money be spent in other ways, maybe education, which according to the Obama administration needs work? The death penalty is something we must address financially, lawfully, and of course morally.
Sources: Pro and Con online
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