Electric chair, gas chamber, lethal injection, firing squad, and hanging. When you hear these words, what do you think of? Do you feel frightened? When some hear these words, they tend to say, "Oh they deserve it." But, who deserves to die, whether it is by accident, murder, or capital punishment. .
When turning on the television, radio, or simply opening the local newspaper, one is bombarded with news of arrests, murders, homicides, and other such tragedies. There are many things that I don't agree with in today's society but, out of all the wrong doings that take place, murder including the death penalty is wrong. I am strongly against the death penalty because it costs the taxpayers too much money, the possible "wrongly accused," it is cruel and unusual punishment, and the issue of capital punishment being a deterrent. .
The first reason the death penalty should be done away with is that it costs the taxpayers too much money. The average death penalty is appealed three times. This means that taxpayers must pay for the same trial three times. These court costs are not cheap. In a recent article of the Harvard Law Review the average convicted murderer spends twelve years on death row. The phrase "Dead Man Walking" runs through each and every death row inmate approximately a thousand times a day, but should it? If the supporters of the death penalty are positive enough to kill the person convicted of the crime, shouldn't the supporters be confident enough to execute the inmate in a timely manner? Why spend taxpayers" money keeping these inmates in jail for so long? A study done in the Harvard Law Review, stated that the cost of a capital punishment trial alone is more than double the cost of life imprisonment. Taxpayers" money should go to better society, not to accommodate the prisoners that are going to end up in the electric chair or getting lethal injection.