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Let us suppose that killing as a form of punishment is a moral and universallyaccepted practice Would it then be acceptable to issue this irreparablesanction to a select few while allowing others equally accountable to avoidit It is acceptable to our criminal justice system for it seems to be standardoperating procedure Many embrace the death penalty based on the eye foran eye concept There is certainly some merit to this argument and it seemsquite fair and logical Unfortunately our use of the death penalty is neitherfair nor logical Our criminal justice systems lip service to the age-oldconcept is an insulting disguise for such an obscurity of fairness and logicThe death penalty is frivolous and discriminatory in its procedure becauseof the unreasonable prices we pay to execute certain groups at much higherrates than othersWe pay different prices for using a death penalty Sadly today more thanever the dollar seems to be the endlessly interchangeable standard of valueWe strive to make money save money and when we spend money we do so witha valued return in mind Accordingly a popular argument contends that wespend too much money incarcerating prisoners for life We probably do butthe price tag on issuing a death sentence according to a Florida study is31 million compared to 1 million for a life sentence a 3100 differenceWalker 1994 108 Imagine your death being valued at 31 million - howflattering Based on these figures the difference in the price of an executionand the price of life behind bars is enough to feed 7200 starving childrenfor ten yearsThe price of an execution is amazing Naturally for such a price we shouldconsider our valued return In return for an execution we receive utterincapacitation an essential return indeed but we get the same from a lifesentence at a fraction of the cost What else do we get Perhaps we satisfya need for revenge Perhaps we feel that we need to keep revenge alive atany price After all we
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