Capital Punishment a Political Aspect

´╗┐Mr. Speaker, My fellow worthy opponents of the opposition Good Morning. House, today that the death penalty will not serve as a deterrent to crime. Capital punishment is revengeful; it is irrevocably unjust to another innocent human life not to mention how costly it is.     California Commission on the fair Administration of Justice, July 1, 2008,Using conservative rough projections, the Commission estimates the annual costs of the present system ($137 million per year), the present system after implementation of the reforms ... ($232.7 million per year) ... and a system which imposes a maximum penalty of lifetime incarceration instead of the death penalty ($11.5 million)."   Certainly, The Bahamas Government cannot afford such cost of this magnitude.   Considering we already have 22 murders for the year and just in the third month of 2010, if all those persons responsible for these killings were convicted and given the death penalty imagine what it would cost the government.   The fact remains that capital punishment is wrong, wrong, wrong.    

Even though we are a democratic society with the freedom of choice we as a government should not encourage a kill for kill, no two wrongs make a right, and as a civilized nation, I repeat, taking a life for another life is an injustice to the highest degree.   As the government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, we should never cease in seeking the good of others; even if they deserve to be treated otherwise on the basis of their own incessant wrongdoing.   As member of the House of Assembly, I say that capital punishment is discriminatory and illogical and we should not stand for it.   Our duty is to encourage each citizen throughout the length and breadth of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas to honor and respect the right to life of all those around us.  

Some may say an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, and a life for a life.   In our opinion capital punishment is viewed as a moral disgrace.   I stand on behalf of...