The Death Penalty

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May 23, 2017 by kaiyafarmer

by Kaiya Farmer / Inglewood, CA

     Do you think the death penalty should be abolished? Maybe you agree or disagree, but the real question we should be asking is… why should the death penalty be abolished? Death is a cruel punishment that only deserves to be given by the big man himself, GOD.

     We all know that death is never justice; it’s just an excuse to kill. What about the fact that the death penalty doesn’t deter murderers, because murder still happens if not more than it already did? These are all really good reasons to why the death penalty should be abolished, but yet we still have this inhumane law. The death penalty should be abolished.

     There are several reasons why the death penalty should be illegal. To begin, death is a cruel punishment. To give somebody the punishment of death, because they killed someone makes us no better than them. “Death is an usually severe punishment, unusual in its pain, unusual in its finality, and in its enormity.” (Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan) Not one person on this earth has enough power to decide if you’re worthy enough to keep living or not.

     I think most of us can agree that the government has way too much power,and it seems as if they have a constant goal to keep us in check. They’re starting to play the role of God, when in reality we’re all just human beings. 

     Another reason why the death penalty should be illegal is because the government has failed with their accuracy of executions, and are still making these major mistakes to this day. Ray Krone was on death row for 32 years until DNA tests finally proved his innocence, and in those 32 years lost everything.

     The death penalty costs us as citizens millions of dollars a year. I feel as if people who work hard shouldn’t have to pay for others’ wrong doings. Not all, but most American citizens work hard for their money, and the state is taking that away from us by using our tax dollars for capital punishment. “The cost of our system of capital punishment is so enormous that any benefit that could be obtained from it– and now I think there’s very little or zero benefit is so dollar-wasteful that it serves no effective purpose.” This quote was said by Donald Heller (Author of California’s Death Penalty Law). 

     On the other hand, there are a few reasons why the death penalty can sometimes be useful. Certain people will think they can get away with capital crimes. Criminals might start to that because there is no death penalty punishment wont be that bad. Some say that people who take the lives of innocent others deserve to die, and I agree to a certain extent. However, if we’re killing people who already kill, we’re basically just getting revenge for the victim’s death. I personally feel that is it unnecessary for people to try to get revenge, because just like death karma never misses anyone. “Some say the death penalty is retribution, but retribution is a type of revenge, and revenge is bad,” said Edward Fesser, explaining how the death penalty is just like revenge.


    The death penalty is not a light topic and is often discussed. It has caused problems and has made victims families feel somewhat content about the loss of their loved one, but it is still an unjust punishment. Not all feel the same way, which is why this is a controversial topic. If we continue to give permanent solutions to temporary problems, we will just continue to get more problems. The U.S. concerns itself with money, and the death penalty is giving them that and getting rid of problems. The death penalty is a horrible way to die and is unjust to any human being this is why the death penalty should be abolished.

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