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Capital Punishment: A Probel Beyond Repair

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Strapped on to a large chair, electrical conductors positioned all around my head and wrists, I am seconds away from the end of my life. I am petrified, roar of the jury surrounding me as they witness me fall to my doom. It is unfair for me to die like this, even as a criminal. This is a cruel and inhumane system of punishment, and I am defenceless to prevent my wretched faith. As the man pulls down the switch, waves of electrical currents enter my body, my body squirming endlessly with treacherous pain. The waves suddenly stop as the switch is pulled back. My head falls forward, my chin tilting towards my chest. As I plunge to my death at the hands of the government as the words of Desmond Tutu echo through my head, "To take a life when a life has been lost is revenge, not justice." The government that must represent the people has just taken the existence of one of its own and all it has left of me is a corpse, cold and lifeless. The death penalty, commonly known as capital punishment affects more than just my life. Capital punishment is a cruel and merciless method of punishment that government is not allowing me to recover through rehabilitation and give back to society. The judicial system is not solving any problem by killing me as it has had made the same impact on society that I had. The expenditures necessary for the death penalty only hurts the fragile economy that we are in after the recovery of the recession. With a great number of problems with this form of punishment, I beseech to everyone to rid of capital punishment worldwide and instead punish criminals like me through a method that is considered humane.
While I lay dead, some may ponder into the future in which, if I had a chance to rehabilitate, I would have recovered and would have given back to society. Many areas, especially developed areas such as North America, are custom to a high level of life and a great amount of work is needed to accommodate for this. Common problems such as fixtures to roads and the cleaning of the area are paid for by the government. Why not have the criminals like me do these jobs for free? Rather than punishing me through losing my life for my wrongful behaviour, one can utilize my services in the form of community service to fix these issues. For instance, I can pick up the litter found in local parks, thus making our environment much cleaner than before. Another great advantage to this method is that it does not cost tax payers or the government a penny. It is merely a procedure in which I am punished for my actions. These wrongful actions that criminals like me commit are caused by a number of factors. Some are depressed, some are in poverty and these crimes seemed like the best course to take at that time. Why exonerate me when the government could have helped me with my problems. Pat Brown a former governor of California agrees with helping the criminal when he says, "The most glaring weakness is that no matter how efficient and fair the DP...

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