Who’s Punishment is Capital Punishment?
Capital punishment is a worldwide issue with many people for and against it. In the United States there is still a surprising majority whom are pro death penalty. The question arises, should we abolish the death penalty in the United States. There are many different reasons to why we should keep the death penalty as well as reasons opposing the death penalty. Personally, I am pro death penalty as long as it is cheaper to “kill” a criminal versus housing them for a lifetime. Should inmates facing the death penalty receive more attention than regular population? Each state has a budget for the Department of Corrections, but for some reason the cost to house an inmate, per year, varies from state to state. In 2005, according to the Denver Post, it was approximately $45,000 per year, to house an inmate in Rhode Island, versus a mere $13,000 per year in Louisiana. While in the 2008-2009 fiscal year in California, the annual cost to incarcerate an inmate was over $47,000 per year. Even though in 2001, the average operating cost was $22,650 in a State facility across the United States (“State Prison Expenditures, 2001,” 2004). It should not cost more than the minimum wage per year to house these criminals let alone cost more to execute those who have committed crimes so heinous that they will be given the death penalty. I believe in capital punishment but I certainly do not believe that the government should be spending millions on following through with the death penalty. A study by the Urban Institute shows that in Maryland the cost for prison time for an inmate who has a death sentence is dramatically more, about $500,000 more, than an inmate who is not serving a death sentence; making it approximately $1,103,000 for an inmate not serving a death sentence, $1,793,000 for an inmate that a death sentence was sought out, and $3,017,000 for an inmate with a death sentence (Urbina, 2009). This just makes no sense to...
References: Legislative Analyst’s Office, California’s Nonpartisan Fiscal and Policy Advisor. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://ww.lao.ca.gov/laoapp/laomenus/sections/crim_justice/6_cj_inmatecost.aspk?catid=3
Urbina, Ian. (2009, February 24). Citing Cost, States Consider End to Death Penalty. The New York Times. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/25/us/25death.html?pagewanted=all
Vincent, D. (2011, May 25). China used prisoners in lucrative internet gaming work. The Guardian. Retrieved from http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/may/25/china-prisoners-internet-gaming-scam
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