The Precarious Ride Of Life And Death

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The death penalty has been used as a scare tactic for centuries, officially beginning in the 18th century B.C. Now, in the 21st century, things have completely changed; there are more murders, rapes, and other horrible offences that have come to pass on a daily basis. Some states in the U.S. have chosen to take away the death penalty, no matter the crime. The reason some state this is because it is inhumane, cruel and unusual punishment. But what of the victims, the families? What about the cruel and unusual punishment that was served to them? Knowing that a criminal, not only violated, but killed a loved one? These criminals are locked up for life, in a cushy cell, given 3 square meals a day, exercise, TV time, and outdoor time. It seems that the life of a criminal isn’t so bad. Who wouldn’t want to live, eat, and sleep for free, having no obligation to pay taxes, or worry about anything? A simple solution is to not only enforce the death penalty in all states, but to use it rigorously as well.
Some of these states that have abolished the death penalty have had more heinous crimes committed than the states that do have the death penalty. A criminal knows that if given the death penalty, there is no “out” whereas if there is no penalty, they get life in prison, which isn’t so terribly bad and people wonder why the prisons are overcrowded in the United States.
On the Bureau of Prisons website, it is stated that “The Bureau of Prisons provides services and programs to address inmate needs, structure use of leisure, and facilitate the successful reintegration of inmates into society (BOP).” How many people can be sent to prison, and subsequently be released, without actually being rehabilitated? Many believe that they can’t. When repeat offenders of heinous crimes are once again locked in a six by eight cell, and the decision comes to rest as to whether the death penalty is a viable source, it all depends on the judge and the jury. In recent years the death penalty has become somewhat of a joke. Criminals are sentenced to death, and the average wait time on death row is over a decade, with some quite longer than that.
There are quirks to every death penalty case. But without actually knowing how the system works, then how can one understand the grievous processes involved. It begins with a horrible atrocious crime. The criminal get caught, goes through a pre-trial phase and then continues on a guilt trial phase. This is where the jury comes into play, and says whether the defendant is guilty or not guilty, this is where the old adage “innocent until proven guilty” comes from. If proven guilty, they move to the penalty phase which is where circumstances are brought before the jury. The jury then decides what kind of punishment should be given to the defendant, for the sake of this argument we will use a death sentence. The direct appeals process is next in line, in which the defendant has to prove that there was a distinct disadvantage during...

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