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Capitol Punishment Essay

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Capital punishment is a difficult and extremely controversial subject. My position on the subject is that it is a necessary form of punishment, under very limited conditions. Those conditions are: that the sentenced be guilty of intentional murder or the molestation (including intercourse) of a child (not a teenager behaving as an adult). I had trouble taking a stand on capital punishment for one reason only; so I will get that out of the way. The justice system before setting a sentence of death, needs to be absolutely sure, (not sure beyond a reasonable doubt) that the person is guilty.It is my belief that someone who would have sexual intercourse with a child, who is very clearly a child, is beyond any type of rehabilitation. These people should never be permitted to enter society again. People beyond any hope of rehabilitation, who will always be a threat to society should be executed. My support of capital punishment for such people is twofold. Firstly, our prisons also have many non-violent criminals, (or others who can be rehabilitated) who should not be subjected to people of such evil. Secondly, why should we house and feed these people for 20-50 years. If there is no chance a convict will ever be valuable members of society, and we are absolutely sure they did the crime why take care of them.There is much discussion on the cost of the capital punishment verses life in prison. Cost is not the point so much as the purpose of the cost. In the death penalty society is paying to rid themselves and prisons of the atrocities of society. And the costs that are being used in evaluating the cost of capital punishment include the cost of the trials and appeals. There are trials and appeals on life sentences also. And if the trials and appeals cost a bit more for capital punishment, money is saved at the cost of tens of thousands per year of cost of keeping a convict in prison. A State of New Jersey Death Penalty Study Commission released a report September 13, 2006 in which Marilyn Zdobinski stated the following in response to claims that the death penalty costs up to three times as much as life in prison:“The perpetrators of this report which grabbed the headlines, said that it cost prosecutors three times as much as the public defenders to prosecute these death penalty cases.You know what, they didn't ask any prosecutors about what it cost. They didn't find out what it costs. Instead, the report tells you that relying on the opinion of a former prosecutor who estimated that it probably cost three times as much as it cost the public defender's office to prosecute these cases.” ( Comptroller for the State of Tennessee, John G. Morgan, provided further information on in a...

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