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For years capital punishment has been a controversial issue in our society Manyarguments can be made in favor and against it It ultimately however comes down topersonal beliefs and opinions Personally I feel that the death penalty is a very seriouspunishment and should be used very carefully and sparingly The death penalty isunremediable What is done cant be corrected This aspect of the sentence plays a heavypart in my opinion The death penalty also is more costly than life imprisonment and hasnot been found to be a greatly effective deterrentFlorida as one example calculated that each execution there costs some 318million If incarceration is estimated to cost the state 17000year a comparable statisticfor life in prison of 40 years would be 680000Harries and Cheatwood Figures fromthe General Accounting Office are close to these results Total annual costs for all USPrisons State and Federal was 177 billion in 1994 along with a total prison populationnon-death row of 11 million inmates That amounts to 16100 per inmateyear Porter From this the cost of keeping a 25-year-old inmate for 50 years at present amounts to805000 Assuming 75 years as an average life span the 805000 figure would be thecost of life in prison So roughly its costing us 2 million more to execute someone than itwould cost to keep them in jail for life This is just the dollar costThe risk of executing innocent persons is a decisive objection to the institution ofcapital punishment in the United States Consequentialist arguments you get what youdeserve for the death penalty are inconclusive at best the strongest justification is aretributive one However this argument is seriously undercut if a significant risk ofexecuting the innocent exists Any criminal justice system carries the risk of punishinginnocent persons but the punishment of death is unique and requires greater precautions Mistakes can be and have been made This mistake is not remediable Retributivejustifications for the death penalty are grounded in respect for innocent victims ofhomicide
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