Alternatives to Capital Punishment
Firstly, let’s take a look at the only current alternative available, life imprisonment. The biggest pro to this alternative is that, despite what you may think, it costs society much less than capital punishment simply because of the lengthy judicial process required for the conviction. Since this is the case, I believe the legislation surrounding the death penalty needs to be revised. ‘’The United States is the world's leader in incarceration with 2.2 million people currently in the nation's prisons or jails -- a 500% increase over the past thirty years. These trends have resulted in prison overcrowding and state governments being overwhelmed by the burden of funding a rapidly expanding penal system, despite increasing evidence that large-scale incarceration is not the most effective means of achieving public safety.’’ (TheSentecingProject.org).