More than 4,300 people have been executed in the United States since 1930. There is no way of knowing how many people have been executed in the United States because executions were once a public affair with no central agency keeping track of them. In addition to these judicialy imposed actions, there were 4,730 recorded lynchings by vigilantes in the U.S. with most being publicly displayed. Some people, such as Pope Johm Paul II believe that these punishments are cruel and outright evil. While on the other hand, many feel that these actions taken are well deserved, like Missouri’s Gov. Mel Carnahan who has allowed 22 men to be executed during his 7 years in office. I believe that Capital Punishment is a neccesity in our society being that the crime fits the punishment, such as murder and rape.
Many offenders of these malicious crimes often end up being released out into society only to be back on the same track of mischief. Eighty percent of first time violent sexual offenders, such as kidnapping rapist and child molesters, commit the same crimes again after their release from prison (where they had zero rehabilitaion). The average time served by first time kidnapping rapist and child molesters is 4½ years. In 4½ years they’re terrorizing children once again. If these repeat offenders would have been terminated, we would not have to worry about them roming our streets once again.
With the high rate of crime we have, it is sometimes inevitable that we encounter overcrowding in our penetentiaries. As jails and prisons reach their maximum capacity, we ask ourselves, where are we going to put these criminals? The rate of our input into overcrowded prisons cannot keep up with the output of criminals.