The Death Penalty

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The Death Penalty

In Utah, it only takes someone committing aggravated murder to get the death penalty, without any aggravated circumstances! Any form of murder deserves the death penalty. The death penalty is a good thing because it will insure the public of their safety.

One reason the death penalty is a good thing because the death penalty gives the victims' families closure. "Life in prison just means the criminal is still around to haunt the victim. A death sentence brings finality to a horrible chapter in the lives of these family members" (Should the death penalty be banned as a form of punishment?). The death penalty ensures the victims' families do not have to worry about the murderer being free or having freedom. JoAnn McClinton, mother of a murder victim said, "'From the day my daughter was killed, I'm hoping for the death penalty. We're determined to see justice done.

As parents, we can't just let someone take her life and get away with it.' Seeing the person who took their loved one away forever is a necessary step for some people to begin the healing process". The death penalty allows the victims family closure, and no need to worry about the murderer to be freed.

Another reason the death penalty is a good thing is because the death penalty is less money from citizens' tax dollars. "Those wasted tax dollars would be better spent on law enforcement and our schools. We cannot let brutal killers evade justice" (Proposition 34 Arguments and Rebuttals). The death penalty proves that not enough of our tax dollars goes to schooling. According to David Brodwin, 30 years ago 3 percent of California's states budget went to prisons while 10 percent went to universities, nowadays, 11 percent goes to prisons and 7.5 percent...