Death Penalty

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The Death Penalty: Morally Right Capital punishment is one of the most controversial issues affecting our modern society today. Not only does our society have a right, but it is also a duty of the people to carry out justice according to the law. Murderers have violated the right to live from their victims and of our entire society, that it should be a moral reflex to make certain that they shall never again receive another opportunity to do so.

In a recent survey, it was shown that among all the inmates ever sentenced to death in the history of capital punishment, 2 in 3 persons had a previous felony conviction and 1 in 12 persons had a previous homicide conviction. It's obvious that they are proven dangerous. Would you want them to roam our streets? The Stanford Law Review quoted in 1988 that "Of the roughly 52,000 State prison inmates serving for murder in 1984, an estimated 810 inmates had previously been convicted of murder and had killed a total of 812 persons following their previous murder convictions.

Executing each of these inmates would have saved 821 lives." That was in one year alone. Even if a person is sentenced to life in prison, studies made by prosecuting attorneys for such a sentence, show that a criminal will serve an average time of 8 years in prison before eligible for parole. It seems as though "life imprisonment" will not have the meaning intended as time goes by.

In our society, the money issue is a major factor. Naturally, people are concerned about what their tax dollars are being spent on. Because of that, some people automatically say that using the death penalty is more expensive then life imprisonment. That's absurd. In 1994, Time Magazine researched that the average...