death penalty debate

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Capitol punishment is not justice, because no justice is served. In no way is anyone compensated for loss if the offender is simply killed. The grieved family does not receive anything, and is, in fact, made victim again to have to watch the execution and or participate in the court process. While the family of the victim receives nothing, except perhaps some gruesome satisfaction, the guilty party consumes millions of dollars in the course of his trial. The family of the guilty party is rarely even considered, through association, these people through association with the ˜criminal' many times are not listened to, or sympathized with. Simply killing a criminal lets them off easily, and gives nothing to the healing process. People who commit crimes that warrant such punishments should be made to work off their crime to society or humanity.

The death penalty is unjustly dealt out. Penalty is defined as such; "A punishment established by law or authority for a crime or offense (www.dictionary.com; Penalty). The fact that poor people, and mentally disabled are rarely ever vigorously, or even acceptably represented in court makes the application of the law unequal. Often the lawyers appointed to these types of people sleep through the courtroom or even show up drunk. These types of people cannot afford to provide their own lawyer, and often are not competent to recognize that they are being improperly represented. If not fairly meted out, the point of the system is defeated, and people ˜deserving' execution often walk free, because they have more money. Minorities, poor people and mentally disabled often have special circumstances, such as an inability to comprehend the idea of death, that would make their case not seem so heinous. However, there is little ever done to try to understand the personal situation of the criminal, just to label him as such and "do justice .

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