Prop 34: the Death Penalty

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The Death Penalty, also known as Capital Punishment is a world wide controversial issue. Should the death penalty be repealed and replaced with life imprisonment without possibility of parole? California voters on Tuesday rejected a ballot measure that would have repealed the state's death penalty. Supporters against Prop 34 claim that California is broke and taxpayers would pay at least $50,000 annually, giving lifetime healthcare and housing to killers who tortured, raped, and murdered children, cops, mothers and fathers. A yes on Prop. 34 states that no offenders would be sentenced to death under state law. Offenders who are currently under a sentence of death would be resentenced to life without the possibility of parole. The state would provide a total of $100 million in grants to local law enforcement agencies over the next four years. I strongly agree with a vote yes on Prop. 34.

The death penalty isn’t an effective way to prevent or reduce a crime. Not only does this not prevent future crimes and murders, but sometimes the death penalty is applied unfairly to innocent people. Evidence has shown that more than 100 innocent people have been sentenced to death in the United States and some have been executed. Prop. 34 means that the state of California will never execute an innocent person. Franky Carrillo was 16 when he was arrested and wrongly convicted of murder in Los Angeles; it took 20 years to show his innocence. Judge LaDoris Cordell, from Santa Clara said “If someone’s executed and later found innocent, we can’t go back.” I agree with this judge because what if later we find evidence that the offender is innocent there no way we can bring someone back to life. So then again who has the right to take the life of a human, when God is the one who decides when our time on earth has come to an end.

Life without parole would be less expensive than the death penalty. California’s death penalty is too costly and is hardly used. Only 13 people have...
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