The death penalty should be abolished. I absolutely agree with this statement. From a personal standpoint, I do not believe in the death penalty for several reasons. One is the fear of someone being put to death that is innocent. It is also, in my opinion, just as much punishment to sentence someone to life in prison without the chance for parole. From a business standpoint I do not believe the death penalty is cost effective. I know that it is expensive to run prisons; however it is also very costly to those states that do use the death penalty. In some states juries make the decision on which convicted criminals are put to death and in some states judges make these decisions. I am also again the death penalty because I do not feel that any person should have the part they played in putting someone to death on their conscious forever.
The Los Angeles Daily News reported that a republican, Don Heller, former prosecutor, and the author of the 1978 ballot initiative to that reinstated California’s death penalty, “voiced his support for replacing the death penalty with life without parole.” In this article, Mr. Heller states that there are “staggering” costs and there is a significant risk of executing the innocent. He also states that he feels that at least one innocent person may have been executed under California’s current death penalty law. I agree with Mr. Heller’s current position on this subject. As a juror, prosecutor or judge, I think making this decision would be hard and that I would contemplate if I made the right decision for the rest of my life. William S. Sessions, a former director of the FBI and a former judge and prosecutor recently made this statement regarding the death sentence of Troy Davis “Without DNA or other forms of physical or scientific evidence that can be objectively measured and tested, it is possible that doubt about guilt in this case will never be resolved. However, when it comes to the sentence of death, there should be no room...
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