English II 3A
25 January 2018
Some murders can be
rehabilitated while others cannot be rehabilitated. The death penalty is in place to protect the citizens. The death penalty is a major punishment that needs to be
enforced when a serious crime has happened. There needs to be a decrease in the
homicide rates that way citizens feel safe. Now that the technology for
criminal investigation has improved people do not have to feel uncomfortable
about the killing of an innocent person.
penalty has a long history. The death penalty was first used in the eighteen
century B.C. (“Death Penalty”). For thousands of years the death penalty has been used as a
punishment for committing a crime or not obeying a certain law/rule. According to the
article “Death Penalty,” “Common execution methods used during this time
included boiling, burning at stake, hanging, beheading and drawing and
quartering,” (“Death Penalty”). There are many different
methods of execution that have been used over the years. There were 72
thousand people executed in just the sixteenth century (“Death Penalty”). With the misbehavior of humans, there have
been many executions that have taken place. Through the decade of the 1930s there was
an average of 167 executions that took place per year (“Death Penalty”). As time goes on there are fewer executions
that take place. There was an average of three exonerations per year through 1973-1999
(“Facts About The…”). Through the years of 2000-2011 there was an average of 5
exonerations per year (“Facts About The…”).
The closer in
history the more people that are in the death row are starting to get released
for innocence. Only 42 percent of voters supported the death penalty in 1966 (“Death
Penalty”). Fewer people
are supporting the death penalty because it seems cruel and unconstitutional. Although the
death penalty still exists in some states the death penalty has been
reconsidered throughout history (“Death Penalty”). It is often debated whether the death
penalty is constitutional or not. The death penalty has been changed and reconsidered throughout
history, but it still exists in multiple states.
different recent statistics on the death penalty, it becomes clear as to why
the death penalty should still exist. Trials in Kansas for the death penalty
cost around 400 thousand dollars (“Facts About The…”). In Texas the cost of
imprisoning someone in a single cell at the highest security costs three times
less than an execution (Facts About The…”). Even though the cost of imprisoning an individual costs less than an
execution, an innocent life being taken away costs more than an execution. The
criminal deserves to be executed because of the innocent life that they took
away. There has been five different execution methods used since 1976. There has been 1,290 executions done by
lethal injection, 158 executions done by electrocution, 11 executions done by a
gas chamber, 3 executions done by hanging, and 3 executions done by a firing
squad (“Facts About The…”). The death penalty is a very controversial topic with
many differing opinions on if it will lower the homicide rates. Eighty-eight percent of people say
executions would not help lower the homicide rates (“Facts About The…”). Five
percent of people say executions would help lower the homicide rates (“Facts
About The…”). Seven percent of people had no opinion on if executions would or
would not help lower the homicide rates (“Facts About The…”). As of 1973 155
people have been taken out of the death row (“Facts About The…”). More people are getting taken out of the
death row because they are being proven as not guilty. With better technology,
it is now easier for the criminal investigators to know who is guilty of
committing a crime. There were 23 executions in 2017 (“Facts About The…”). The number of executions are shrinking
because the executions only take place when a serious crime has happened. Not all murders
can be rehabilitated (“Facts About The…”). Murderers are not always able to be rehabilitated because once they
become a killer they are always a killer. With the risk of trying to
rehabilitate murders more lives could be at threat. With new technology, there is less of a
risk that an innocent person will get executed.
good and bad stories that relate to the death penalty. There is a story
about a ten-year-old girl named Hailey Owens, who got kidnapped in February of
2014. She was raped,
shot, then wrapped in a garbage bag, and put in a plastic tote (Gunn 26+).
Hailey’s body was found in Craig Wood’s basement a few hours after she had
disappeared (Gunn 26+). Hailey’s mother, Stacey Barfield did not want the trial
to happen (Gunn 26+). Many
people who have lost someone close to them due to a crime do not want the death
penalty to go on. Some people feel like it is cruel and not just to have the
death penalty even though the death penalty would be protecting them from the
danger of criminals. The Willingham fire took place on the 23rd
of December in 1991 (Grann). The
father was the only survivor of the fire. His three daughters were not able to
escape from the fire. Mr. Willingham was proven guilty for the death of his
three daughters. Later on he was found as not guilty, but he has already been
executed. Even though
there are stories that show the death penalty sometimes taking the life of an
innocent man there is better technology that helps find the killer of a crime
W. Bush said “I don’t think you should support the death penalty to seek
revenge. I don’t think that’s right. I think the reason to support the death
penalty is because it saves other people’s lives.” In order to keep citizens safe there
needs to be the death penalty to help keep the homicide rates low. The death penalty has a long history.
There are many facts that support the death penalty and why it should still
exist. With the new technology people can be ensured that the killer will be
the one to get executed and not someone who was innocent.
“Death Penalty.” Gale Encyclopedia of Everyday Law,
edited by Jeffery Wilson, 2nd ed., vol. 1, Gale, 2006, pp. 447-452.
Student Resources in Context, http://proxy.lib.wy.us./login?url=http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/CX2588700089/SUIC?u=wylrc_wyomingst=8f6b74c7. Accessed 17 Jan. 2018.
“Facts About the Death Penalty.” Death Penalty
Information Center, 16 Jan. 2018,
deathpenaltyinfo.org/documents/FactSheet.pdf. Accessed 17 Jan. 2018.
Grann, David. “Trial by Fire.” The New Yorker, 10 July
2017, www.newyorker.com/magazine/2009/09/07/trial-by-fire. Accessed 19 Jan. 2018.
Gunn, Erik. “The Case for Mercy: Some of the
Unlikeliest People Oppose the Death Penalty.” The Progressive, Oct.-Nov. 2017,
p. 26+. Opposing Viewpoints in Context, http://proxy.lib.wy.us/login?url+http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/A519584197/OVIC?u=wylrc_wyomingst=75a317be. Accessed 19 Jan. 2018.