Should Capital Punishment Be Abolished

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Should capital punishment, also known as the death penalty, be removed as a consequence for committing a serious crime? The form of capital punishment in the United States is death by execution. The type of execution can be different from state to state, but the most commonly used method is lethal injection. The death penalty is only pursued in cases where the defendant is being accused of a serious crime against society. Should people who commit such violent crimes be allowed to live, and does the cost of the death penalty justify abolishing the death penalty? What about the people who were falsely convicted of a crime and sentenced to the death penalty?

Supporters that want to abolish the death penalty sometimes claim that it is a violation of the eighth amendment of the Bill of Right in the United States Constitution, which protects citizens against cruel and unusual punishment. If the eighth amendment was created to protect citizens from capital punishment, then why wasn’t the death penalty abolished after the Constitution was ratified? What about the victim of the crime, was the crime that was committed cruel or unusual? Maybe the punishment for the guilty party or parties should be handed down from the victim or the family of the victim.

The average yearly cost for inmates serving a life sentence without parole is around ninety thousand dollars per inmate (Phillips, 2011). Ninety thousand dollars is more than most middle class families make in a year, and in a time where the economy is not doing well, that seems like a very high price to pay for incarcerating one person. The cost in Texas for a lethal injection is nearly one thousand three hundred dollars per inmate (Nasaw, 2012). It would seem like it is cheaper to pay thirteen hundred dollars compared to ninety thousand dollars per year, but the costs for the trail and appeals for a person facing the death penalty can be nearly 1.2 million dollars per person. So why does the government...