Death Penalty

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Is Justice Served by using the Death penalty? What is the true purpose оf the death penalty; retribution, rehabilitation, deterrence, or protection.

The death penalty is a subject that has become very big in the 21st century. Many centuries ago the death penalty was something that was widely practiced in almost all cultures. The Death Penalty is one of the main issues hotly debated in our society today. Currently 34 of the 50 states allow the death penalty. On January 31, 2000, Illinois Governor George Ryan declared a moratorium on further executions in Illinois pending «The opportunity to review the recommendations of a commission that I will establish». The death penalty is forbidden by law in a state of Illinois today. Gov. Pat Quinn signed a bill to make Illinois the 16th state to abolish the Death penalty. Since 1978 1,264 people have been executed in America, with Texas having the most executions (405 as of 2008) and Virginia second with 98 executions.

In my opinion the death penalty is a very controversial issue. Many people have different opinions about how a crime should be disciplined. The death penalty costs $24 million dollars on average per execution (Pudlow).There are many people who oppose the death penalty and then there are many people for the death penalty. People who are against it think it is too inhumane or it might be too expensive. The people who are for the death penalty feel that it gives a chance for individuals to be accused for their wrongful acts. Each year billions of dollars are spent to sentence criminals to death. Since the death penalty is so expensive, sixteen states have made it illegal to use the death penalty, but thirty four states still have the death penalty. I am not «for» or «against» it because there are so many different situations. People should be punished for their crimes, but imagine how many innocent people have been wrongfully put to death for crimes they did not commit. None will know...
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