The death penalty system in the US is applied in an unfair and unjust manner against people,largely dependent on how much money they have, the skill of their attorneys, race of the victim and where the crime took place. People of color are far more likely to be executed than white people, especially if thevictim is white The death penalty is a waste of taxpayer funds and has no public safety benefit order to reach a decesion. You do not have to be “soft on crime” to look into the lasting effects of the death penality.
MaJor points in deciding rather or not to oppose the death penalty include innocence,high cost,prolonged suffering for amilies,inadequate legal representation,relegion and racial disparities. Human execution does not balance out murder nor does it cover up the lasting effects. Much support for the death penalty is based on genuine fear. Alarmed by light sentences for murder, many people believe that capital punishment is the only way to ensure that murderers will not be out on the streets again to claim more victims.
Yet the death penalty gives people a false sense of security. Thirty-eight of the 50 states now have it. But of those convicted of murder or voluntary manslaughter in state courts in 002, only two percent were sentenced to death, and only 24 percent were sentenced to life in prison. Five percent received probation . Those who received prison sentences (other than life) were expected to serve an average of roughly 12 years in prison. If citizens realized this, they might conclude that the death -penalty debate is almost irrelevant.
They might send a strong message to politicians and Judges that they want murderers kept in prison for life. This message is long overdue. The death penalty is much more expensive than life without parole because the Constitution requires a long and complex Judicial process for capital cases. This process is needed in order to ensure that innocent men and woman are not executed for crimes they did not commit, and even with these protections the risk of executing an innocent person can not be completely eliminated.
If the death penalty was replaced with a sentence of Life Without the Possibility of Parole ,which costs millions less and also ensures that the public is protected while eliminating the risk of an irreversible mistake, the money saved could be spent on programs that actually improve the communities in which we live. The millions of dollars in savings could be pent on: education, roads, police officers and public safety programs, after-school programs, drug and alcohol treatment, child abuse prevention programs, mental health services, and services for crime victims and their families.
More than 3500 men and women have received this sentence in California since 1978 and not one has been released, except those few individuals who were able to prove their innocence. california could save $1 billion over five years by replacing the death penalty with permanent imprisonment. California taxpayers pay $90,000 more per death row prisoner each year than on prisoners in regular confinement.
California has spent more than $4 billion on capital punishment since it was reinstated in 1978 (about $308 million for each of the 13 executions carried out)California spends an additional $184 million on the death penalty per year because of the additional costs authors predict that the cost of the death penalty will reach $9 billion by 2030. Numerous families and loved ones of murder victims support alternatives to the death penalty for many reasons, including: The death penalty process is a traumatizing experience for families, often requiring them to relive the pain and uffering of the death of their loved one for many years.
Life without parole provides certain punishment without the endless reopening of wounds. Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent on the death penalty each year. If we replace the death penalty with life without parole, millions of dollars could be spent on violence-prevention efforts, solving unsolved cases, and increasing victim services. The death penalty places the focus on the legal consequences, not the human consequences. Attention is directed on the crime and the accused, instead of where it belongs ??” on the family nd loved ones of the victim and on the community. e meaningful, Justice should be swift and sure. The death penalty is neither. It prolongs pain for victims’ families, dragging them through an agonizing and lengthy process that holds out the promise of an execution at the beginning but often results in a different sentence in the end. Life without parole punishes the criminal without putting him or her in the headlines. The death penaltys complex process diverts millions of dollars and attention from the critical services that homicide survivors need to help them heal, ncluding specialized grief counseling, financial assistance, and ongoing support.
In most states, these services are sorely lacking. The death penalty means victims’ families are putting their lives on hold for years, sometimes decades, as they attend new hearings and appeals and relive the murder. The few services that are available are often provided through the prosecutor’s office, so when the criminal case is over the services for the victim’s family end along with it. For families in unsolved murders, there is the added pain of never learning what happened to their loved ones.
The people responsible remain undetected while countless law enforcement hours are spent chasing a handful of executions instead of solving more cases. The death penalty divides families when they need each other most. The death penalty is not given out equally. It’s about saying certain cases are more important than others, certain crimes are more heinous than others and for families it’s a real slap in our face. The death penalty has split families apart, forcing relatives with different views on the issue to engage in a polarizing debate at the time when they need each other most.