It is known by several names. Death penalty. Capital Punishment. True Justice. The act of being put to death due to a particularly vicious crime has long been employed. In more recent times, the ethical questions of such a severe punishment have been brought caused many nations to do away with capital punishment. As a matter of fact, the United States is when of the few modernized nations that still use the death penalty. Today, citizens and prisoners alike are butting heads over whether to keep the punishment or do away with the death penalty.
As in all debates, the death penalty has its supporters and those who wish to see it abolished. In “Should the Death Penalty be Allowed”, Anne Marie Schubert, JD, Sacramento County District Attorney, states that “In our experience, most survivors want ‘justice’ for the murderers of their family members. Repealing the death penalty will not heal these people’s’ wounds; it keeps them permanently open.” Proponents of the death penalty often use this argument. How could we, as a society, continue to bring pain to these people when the solution is clear?
On the opposite side of the argument, protestors say the death penalty is outdated and unethical. The opponents to the death penalty also state that the cost of trials seeking the death penalty is unnecessarily high. Philip Holloway, a CNN correspondent, wrote in his article entitled, “Time to Question Sanity of Death Penalty”, “The average length of the initial prosecution for a death penalty case — not including lengthy appeals — means more than a thousand extra days of courtroom resources are being used. Judges, prosecutors, public defenders, court reporters, jurors, bailiffs and other courtroom staff are all needed just to conduct a trial, and that means spending a lot of money from state coffers that could have been used elsewhere.” Those opposed to the death penalty do not see it worth the emotional, physical, and ethical costs.
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