The Death Penalty only Kills our Economy
The Death penalty is justice, but right now we spend more money killing prisoners than we do feeding them.
Sentencing monsters to death is nothing new in our society; many years ago if someone committed a serious crime and was caught, the punishment was swift and just. However nowadays the process of removing these monsters from our world has become torpid and completely wasteful; we need to find a way to speed along the trials of the true monsters to spare ourselves the costs, while protecting normal people’s rights.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of the masterminds of the 2013 Boston marathon bombing which killed 3 civilians and wounded 264. He with his brother Tamerlan later murdered 2 police officers and injured an additional 16 before Tamerlan was killed and Dzhokhar escaped temporarily only to be hunted down and arrested within the following day. Now, you may be wondering why I am detailing this to you. Well, it’s because Dzhokhar was found guilty on all charges on April 8th 2015 and soon thereafter sentenced to death; however, he, like many others, will likely remain on death row for many years considering the last federal execution was a decade ago. His victims won’t receive recompense in a timely manner even though his crimes have been proven and he is in federal custody. Justice is not being done.
Many people who have been wronged have deemed it necessary to take justice into their own hands because of the failure of our court system, which in most cases has just ended with more bloodshed and no one better off. The futility of the system is described here plainly:
“Of the 14 inmates executed so far this year in the U.S., five spent from 20 to 30 years on death row, five more languished from 15 to 19 years, and not one spent less than a decade awaiting execution.” (Drehle 1)
For all the years spent dealing with their court case, assigning death, and feeding them, we could’ve spent the same amount feeding them until they died. This however shouldn’t be an excuse to let these monsters live after what they have done; our best bet is to speed the obvious cases along within their federal rights to a fair trial and then execute them with haste. Why import drugs and pay to have a professional administer them to the criminal when a simple bullet would do the job much more cheaply, faster, and more humanely? If death row prisoners were executed soon after their conviction instead of having enormous delays and hearings regarding their fate, a great deal of money could be saved and applied to better things.
The death penalty isn’t something to be taken lightly, and it isn’t now, considering how long it takes to actually execute someone. It shouldn’t be used in cases where the crime is controversial with limited evidence and no guarantee of the defendant truly being the perpetrator. However, in cases where the defendant is without a shadow of a doubt completely guilty of a monstrous crime, then there shouldn’t be any wasted time or money going to debating whether or not they deserve it. Instead, we can focus on how justice can be dealt.
Many people would call out the death penalty as being barbaric and just as bad as the actual crime committed, but this view is ridiculous. If you think that lethal injection is equivalent to rape, murder, and other deplorable crimes against humanity, then perhaps you don’t understand what equivalent means; they are certainly getting a much gentler death than their victims. In addition, that famous quote about an eye for an eye making the whole world blind is also invalid because: our justice is blind.
The death penalty is dying, ironically enough. It’s use and public approval have only gone down in recent years. The logical thing now seems to be just ban it completely and save us all time and money, but humans aren’t logical. We want blood, we want justice, and we want satisfaction, no matter the cost. Even if you disagree with these statements, enough holdouts do agree with them and will prevent capital punishment from being eliminated. Our only solution moving forward then would be reform, not removal, streamlining the court process and helping our economy while discouraging criminals from taking violent action. And, no matter what: even if society fails to convict a person’s action, they will still have to face god’s judgement.
Drehle, David V. “Capital Punishment: The End of the Death Penalty.” THE DEATH OF THE DEATH PENALTY (2015): n. pag. Web.
Kovandzic, Tomislav V., Lynne M. Vieraitis, and Denise Paquette Boots. “Does the Death Penalty save Lives?” Criminology & Public Policy 8.4 (2009): 803–43. Web.
Liptak, Adam. “Does Death Penalty Save Lives? A New Debate.” The New York Times. The New York Times, 17 Nov. 2007. Web. 18 Nov. 2016.
Serrano, and Richard A. “Death-Penalty Foe to Try to Save Boston Bomber.” The Seattle Times (Seattle, WA). N.p., 6 Apr. 2015. Web. 17 Nov. 2016.
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“Forgiveness is between them and God. It’s my job to arrange the meeting.” (Denzel Washington).