The American Civil Liberties Union argued that the "The death penalty costs more, delivers less, and puts innocent lives at risk." Their argument was that, "life without parole provides swift, severe, and certain punishment. It provides justice to survivors of murder victims and allows more resources to be invested into solving other murders and preventing violence. Sentencing people to die in prison is the sensible alternative for public safety and murder victims" families." One reason that the death penalty is preferable is that death row cost two to five times more than regular prison time. Average cases cost $740,000 while cases with the death penalty on average cost $1.26 million. Cost payers have to pay on average $90,000 more for prisoners on death row. Life in prison can also be a stronger deterrent to a crime because people rarely want to sit in prisons their whole life. Killing them is giving them the easy way out. Life in prison also protects against wrongful execution. In California more than 200 innocent people were freed from prison after it was discovered that they were wrongly convicted. The idea that the state could wrongly convict a person is reason enough to oppose the death penalty.
They were only wrongly convicted because the technology is not as good as it is today. Which what we have now with DNA testing and such , we can make sure we have the right person. By killing the murders justice is served. We keep more people safe from awful people. People who kill should be killed for their actions. They take a life and their life should be taken too.
There are still people that are being wrongly convicted today. DNA and other evidences are not perfect and can result in errors. By killing people for killing other people we are falling the motto an "eye for an eye." As a society we need to move away from this idea because a revenge philosophy leads to a never ending cycle of violence. Aren't the point of prisons and the death penalty to stop violence? Killing the person responsible does not bring back the victim.
Prisons very rarely reform a bad person. Criminals don't change when they are in prison. If left in prison without parol the prisoner would be more likely to kill others while in prison and create ruckus throughout the prison. He or she would not care because they will be in jail for their life anyways so they are just going to do what they want. Killing the prisoner would save people who are in prison for minor offenses from the wrath of the killer.
Prisoners are usually separated by the severity of their crime and in prison their are opportunities for prisoners to improve their lives in prison. Since people are stuck in jail for the rest of their lives looking for the best of the situation is their only option. Another reason to not be pro death penalty is that often times the people who administer the poison are not qualified and cause unnecessary pain. The drug meant to paralyze the guilty man may not be administered correctly and then the person will feel when their heart stops. By torturing people we are no better than the evil we fight against. The appeals process for death row prisoners also takes an immensely long time which clogs up the justice system. But my main reason for being against the death penalty still remains that an "eye for an eye" is not the correct philosophy. To improve society we need to stop trying to get back at each other and instead look to better the community.