Capital punishment is a very controversial issue today. There are good statements made on both sides of the argument. A couple of questions should be asked before deciding which side to take in the never ending debate of capital punishment. Is capital punishment a cruel and unusual way of punishing serious offenders? Should the mentally ill be susceptible to capital punishment? A lot of states made capital punishment legal, but not all of them use it as freely as some states like Texas.
The state of New Jersey supports capital punishment as a form, of corrections, but some of the offenders end up waiting for the day of their execution until the day they die. On the other hand, Texas, also a state that supports capital punishment as a form of corrections uses it more than any other state. Recently there has been a joke made by a comedian from Texas, that some of the sates are trying to abolish capital punishment as a form of corrections, while Texas is trying to pass a bill that speeds up the process for those that are on death row. He said: "Some sates are trying to abolish capital punishment, while Texas, on the other hand is trying to create an express lane.
There are many negatives to the idea of putting someone on death row. Isn't the idea of corrections in general to correct the wrong doings of an individual and incorporate them back into the society? Capital punishment doesn't really go along with the idea of incorporating the offender back into society; on the contrary, it just gets rid of the individual, because in society eyes, the offence committed is so wrong, that the person is no longer able to return into society. On the other hand, how can one really know if the person is really able to change his ways.
Capital punishment also does a lot of good for the community. It saves the taxpayers money by not making them pay for the life sentence in prison. It also allows for the ones that do want to reform their ways to peacefully serve their time without getting into confrontations with the ones that do not have anything to live for. Why should one comply with the rules of the prison, if they know that they will never get out? After all, prisoners have rights too. What is the most horrible thing that the prison staff can do to a prisoner? Throw them in the hole? The 8th amendment protects the prisoners from being placed in solitary confinement for more than thirty days.
In many people's eyes, the punishment that is given to offender isn't severe enough. Without capital punishment, many criminals that committed serious felonies would walk the streets once again. Because prison overcrowding is a very severe issue today, many hardcore criminals end up either returning to the community without serving for their crime without jail sentence at all. Due to prison overcrowding, the judge has no choice, but to let the criminals off on probation. Now today, probation isn't what it used to be when it was introduced. It is far from John...