An Eye For An Eye View Of The Death Penalty

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An Eye for an Eye View of the Death PenaltyThere are thirty-eight states in the United States currently using the death penalty and twelve without this form of punishment. What does the death penalty accomplish? Does the death penalty really work? It does work, however, in a very inefficient manner. We will go through facts about the Texas Death Penalty, the process of the death penalty from the time of conviction to the time of execution and finally an explanation of how I feel the penalty could be more efficient.According to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice website Death Row page, retrieved August 08, 2007 from http://www.tdcj.state.tx.us/stat/drowfacts.htm,(1) a person must commit a capital murder offense in order to be sentenced to death; such as murder of a public safety officer or firefighter, murder during the commission of a felony, murder of a correctional employee or murder by an offender serving a life sentence for one of the five offences, (murder, capital murder, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated sexual assault or aggravated robbery, a person committing multiple murders or the murder of a child under the age of six is also eligible to receive the death penalty, Texas Penal Code 19.03(2).Following the approval of a Texas law that speeds up the appeals process for condemned inmates, the state carried out 24 executions in the first half of 1997, breaking its own record of 20 in the entire year of 1935. Of the 3000 plus men living on death row in the United States an average of 400 of them live on Texas Death Row.200 people have been released from Texas Death Row either commuted to a life sentence, to a lesser charge or to freedom based on new DNA testing availabilities and technology. The state of Texas remains strong on its stand that capital punishment is appropriate and applied fairly. Anti-death-penalty-advocated and more journalists closely examining Texas say this is "a slap in the face". (3)Southern Texas legal journalist Kevin Karlik boldly attacks the death penalty stating: "Despite law, California and Texas both seek convictions over justice. California is more cautious to execute and Texas still has no remorse. Texans should be ashamed they've let more individuals off death row than every other state combined. I don't see what Texans claims is justice. I see a dangerous situation where almost 40% of those who are on death row today don't belong there."Texas leads the nation in the number of executions since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976, along with California and Florida has one of the largest death row populations. According to December 2006 Death Penalty Information Center Year End Report a total of 3, 366 offenders were assigned to Death Row across the United States, 401 of them in Texas.The average time an offender spends on Texas Death Row prior to execution is 10 years at a cost of an average of $21,170 per year according to the National Institute of Corrections,...

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