• There is merit to capital punishment.

    According to Dudley Watt "Many opponents present, as fact, that the cost of the death penalty is so expensive (at least $2 million per case?), that we must choose life without parole ('LWOP') at a cost of $1 million for 50 years. Predictably, these pronouncements may be entirely false. JFA estimates that LWOP cases will cost $1.2 million - $3.6 million more than equivalent death penalty cases. There is no question that the up front costs of the death penalty are significantly higher than for equivalent LWOP cases. There also appears to be no question that, over time, equivalent LWOP cases are much more expensive... Than death penalty." With this being said it is evident that it is cheaper to charge with death penalty. Also the victims have a choice of death penalty or to retrial for LOWP. The death penalty is not a torturous or un human way to solve a problem. It brings attention and prevents future crimes by taking the criminal out that has caused a crime bad enough to be trailed guilty for the penalty and also prevent other criminals from commiting crimes as well. Samantha F.

  • Capital Punishment Necessary

    In today's world, capital punishment is more than necessary, and it's quite practical. We need to thin out our death row population because it's starting to drag on the economy and development of the United States. These individuals should be put to death for their crimes, and the appeals process needs to be limited.

  • There is merit to capital punishment.

    Sometimes, there is a need for capital punishment. People who have committed the worst crimes deserve to die. Execution also brings closure to the families of victims. Capital punishment should be reserved for the worst kinds of crimes and the most dangerous criminals so that they can never hurt other people again.

  • There is no merit to capital punishment

    Studies have shown that capital punishment does not deter violence for the simple reason that criminals do not think of themselves as being caught as the result of their crimes.
    If we wish to be as cynical as a brutal mass murderer/rapist who feels no remorse for what he has done, we could also point out that it is cheaper to keep inmates alive and in prison for a life sentence then it s to execute them. I
    Last but not least, capital punishment and life in prison are the same for those mourning the losses that they must to deal with, however capital punishment does harm the criminal's family who may be innocent in the matter. The children may grow up without a father if he spends life in prison but that is a result of his actions. They will never know him with capital punishment as a result of society's actions, a society that must surpass the individual.

  • No, there is no merit in capital punishment.

    Many argue that capital punishment diverts individuals from committing certain offenses. This is false because "if" it was a "deterrent," crimes that receive this punishment would not take place.
    It does not work.

    Furthermore, it is an appeal to force, which means that the inherent "truth" of the process of justice is not reached in such instances. If force, or the threat of force is necessary, there is something inherently wrong with the logic that is being employed. Thus, the use of the death penalty is not logical and it is unreasonable. Therefore, it should be discarded.

  • There is no merit to capital punishment.

    Not only does capital punishment not have a significant effect on crime, it is expensive. Although many believe that it is more expensive to imprison a prisoner for life, it is actually more expensive to put someone to death, once the legal costs of multiple appeals are calculated. Additionally, death is sometimes a more merciful punishment than life in prison.

  • No,there is not merit to capital punishment.

    There are several reasons why capital punishment has no merit.First of all there are many studies to suggest that capital punishment has little if any effect on the rate of crime.Second of all it is very cost prohibitive to go through all the steps of appeals that an average death penalty case goes through.

  • There is No Merit to Capital Punishment

    No, there is no merit to capital punishment. Capital punishment involves the taking of a human life. There is no situation under which the taking of a human life is morally justified. Human life is sacred. Even if someone has done something terrible, there is never a time that taking a human life is alright.

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