The Death Penalty.

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The death penalty is a very disputed subject in North America. Those who want it back don't understand it will not help anything. There are far more cons to the capitol punishment then there are pros. The United States still holds protests over the matter. Capitol punishment should remain the same here in Canada; we are known to have a very good crime rate compared to other countries and to resolve issues peacefully. Why change anything? Lets put an end to these arguments.

The death penalty also would not be the economical choice. For one execution it costs $4.5 million in the US, while life imprisonment is only $600,000 US, contrary to what most think (Hays 34). Canada also spent large amounts of money to research the subject and decided to abolish it afterwards (Bender 16). So it's seen how money is connected with the death penalty, and due to this taxes will probably rise.

Also the government will be forced to spend money there rather than in our healthcare, education, and other important things we need.

On the other hand, there are also some main arguments from people who are for the death penalty. They say that imprisonment would mean that criminals could escape prison and kill others. Prison escapes have drastically decreased over time, sometimes not one in a year. Also if these people do escape they are likely to go into hiding, not kill others (Reflections). People also argue that life imprisonment is not comforting enough for the victim's family. It needs to be understood that it is all for the best. These criminals deserve the second chance and to pay their dues to society. That is their few points, but does it really match up to all the good we have without this penalty?

Nevertheless, it...