Capital punishment draws fine line in the sand

Death crosses a line that not even politics can draw.

The death penalty is seen by those that defend it as a way to get those who are “rooted in evil” off the face of the Earth so they can’t harm another person. But you can’t just get someone back for killing someone else. The death penalty isn’t a simple punch to the chest that some kid laid on another kid at the playground.

If we execute all murderers in the country, who will be left to speak about the violence they caused? A better response would be to require murderers to start that dialogue about violence and explain to the community what they did.

While not every prisoner on death row holds a stable enough state of mind to do such, the benefit of inmates’ testimonies far outweighs others’ desire for revenge. A blind faith in the death penalty does not stop murders from happening.

According to the Los Angeles Times, enforcing the death penalty has actually cost the taxpayers approximately $250 million for each California execution. In Texas the average death penalty case costs three times as much as imprisoning a man in an isolation cell at maximum security for 40 years, as reported on from The Dallas Morning News.

Financially, the death penalty is not feasible for the amount of debt that our country holds. The death penalty crosses the line, financially as well as ethically.

How is the person pushing the syringe more humane and sane than the man that put a gun to his wife’s head? Isn’t it even worse to choose a job in which you kill people for a living, innocent or guilty?


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