The American justice system is famous for putting murderers to death. There are many negative factors in the death penalty. There is a potential that the person being put to death is innocent. If he/she is killed, the government can't correct its mistake. It is not logical to spend so much money on this barbaric punishment. It is wrong for the government to teach an individual to not kill by killing him/her; therefore, this retribution is also hypocritical. The death penalty is inhumane.
The death penalty is not only inhumane, but it is also very expensive. Different states spend varying amounts of money on the death penalty, but it is still costly. For example: "Using conservative rough projections, the Commission estimates the annual costs of the present system ($137 million per year), the present system after implementation of the reforms ... ($232.7 million per year) ... and a system which imposes a maximum penalty of lifetime incarceration instead of the death penalty ($11.5 million)." (California Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice, July 1, 2008) The United States should not be spending so much money on something that is unnecessary. This country cannot afford to pay millions of dollars per year to put people to death so the government can teach murderers a lesson.
The government actually isn’t teaching killers a lesson because they are terminating them. The death penalty is hypocritical. The feds can’t punish serial killers by executing them. It does not make sense to penalize one for killing by killing him or her. A more logical way to punish a killer would be life in prison with no parole. The death penalty killed around 1200 people in 2007, which was 4% of the population at that time. The death penalty is not a systematic punishment.
The death penalty is also very faulty. Some people put to death by the death penalty might have been innocent. There has been many times where this has happened. Political leaders are aware of this, but...