I believe that the death penalty is preferable over life in prison without parole. The criminals who commit crimes that warrant life in prison such as murder, deserve the worst possible punishment. Why should we as tax paying citizens be required to fund the life of someone who has no chance of becoming part of society again?
Life in prison without parole is a better option than the death penalty. The death penalty takes away all human rights. Life in prison without parole costs less, allows the murderer to be punished, and is less inhumane.
According to an annual census the cost of life in prison without parole is $47,102 while the death penalty costs roughly around a million dollars. So yes, in some cases the death penalty is more expensive and in some cases not. If one is convicted of such a heavy crime they deserve the worst punishment. If a murderer decides to maliciously end someone's life the prosecution deserves to have the option to try for the death penalty.
If a person in prison ended someones life, it is not in all cases intentional. There are many different reasons people murder other people. For example, they could be in the heat of the moment, have violent impulses, be frustrated or angry, they could be mentally crazy , or they may not be able to control their actions and those people don't deserve the death penalty. They deserve a chance of rehabilitation and if they are looking for that, why punish them with ending their life.
The question isn't when is the death penalty acceptable and when it is not, it is if the death penalty is preferable over life without parole. There is no chance that a prisoner can rehabilitate him or her self and be freed. They are put in jail for the rest of their lives with opportunity to better themselves in jail, but what is the purpose of that? That is our tax paying money to fund someone who has committed malicious crimes. Sometimes the death penalty isn't always the appropriate method, but if the suspect is of relative young age and the two options are ether the death penalty or life without parole the death penalty would be the better option fro society.
If the death penalty isn't "sometimes" the appropriate method, then why have it at all? By giving someone the death penalty, you are not teaching them anything. Why would people choose to kill the killers? Executing the criminal will not help the offender to reflect back on what wrong thing he or she has done. If the person is given life in prison, they are given a chance to think about what they have done rather just killing them too and forgetting about it. Executing the offender does not bring the victim back to life.