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The Ineffectiveness of Capital Punishment For many years capital punishment has been in use but it is not been effective Theodore Robert Bundy in 1978 slipped into a Tallahassee sorority house and bludgeoned two sleeping women to death then killed a 12-year-old girl in Lake City He was sentenced to three concurrent death sentences in 1979 Nine years later Bundy is alive and well on the Death Row Von Drehle 1A A prisoner sentenced to death spends an average of 10 years nationally on death row waiting for their execution More than 2100 people live on Americas death Rows At the current execution rate it would take eighty-two years to kill them all Death Row is going to get bigger the wait for execution is sure to get longer and the cost is bound to get higher At this rate it seems that capital punishment will never become a reasonable or efficient means of controlling violent crime Charles Proffitt murdered Joel Medgebow by stabbing a bread knife into Joels chest while he was sleeping an act well determined to be premeditated in the cases court sessions Three years after the crime was committed using Profitt vs Florida as its test case the US Supreme Court officially gave its support to Floridas death penalty Profitt could be dead in six months said Attorney General Robert Shevin von Drehle 1A Today 15 years after his heinous crime Charles is still alive and well and living off of the money paid by Florida state tax payers as should be well noted He is sewing uniforms at the Floridas state prison The Supreme Court commuted his sentence last year to life in prison The state of Florida spent five hundred thousand dollars in one decade to bring Proffitt to justice and half of that was spent to send Proffitt to the his death in the electric chair The death penalty is slow and weak It
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