Capital Punishment Controversy
In the United States, capital punishment or the death penalty is a legal process where a person is sentenced to death by the state as punishment for a crime. According to ????? thirty eight states in America, the US Military, the US Government still consider the death as a considerable method of punishment. The ethics of "an eye for an eye" are now being closely examined by not only states but also by the government. Currently the death penalty is now an issue of if is it even worth it.
An important issue to especially the government is the cost of Capital punishment. Executions are carried out by the citizens through taxes. According to Death Penalty Facts "it costs far more to execute a person than to keep him or her in prison for life. A 2011 study found that California has spent more than $4 billion on capital punishment since it was released reinstated in 1978 and that the death penalty trials are 20 times more expensive than trials seeking a sentence of life in prison without possibility of parole." Remember this is just one state these fees are also included and all the other 37 states, the US military, and the US government. Also since the rates of lawyers has risen, California is currently on track to spend $1 billion on capital punishment in the next five years ("Death Penalty: Facts. "). People on death row are usually on death row for about 178 months from sentencing to execution. Capital punishment is a expensive alternative to life in prison because life in prison with no chance of parole "is cheaper to taxpayers and keeps violent offenders off the streets for good. Unlike the death penalty, a sentence of Life Without Parole also allows mistakes to be corrected"("Death Penalty: Facts. ").
Race is an issue that determines the method of punishment the offender receives. "In 1998 report from the General Accounting Office concluded that in 80% of studies, race of the victim was...