Death Penalty

Jessica Dulmaine
Professor Matthew Bellico
English 101-71
15 February 2010
The Death Penalty
Stephen Bright [Human rights attorney] once said "It can be argued that rapists deserve to be raped, that mutilators deserve to be mutilated. Most societies, however, refrain from responding in this way because the punishment is not only degrading to those on whom it is imposed, but it is also degrading to the society that engages in the same behavior as the criminals." There are many states that do not support the death penalty, and the average number of murders are significantly less in the states that do not support the death penalty than in the states that do support it. The cost of keeping an inmate in prison for life is also less then an execution. The death penalty denies people their natural right to life, and unlike any other punishments, the death penalty has an inherent danger because it is final and irreversible. The death penalty does not deter criminals from committing even the most heinous crimes.
Numerous studies done by Amnesty International USA [Action for Human Rights] have failed to link the death penalty with a lower homicide rate. Studies ( has shown an increase of stranger killings and homicide rates. The states that have the death penalty have an overall higher murder rate than the states that do not support it. In the year 2007, there was a 42% difference between the average murder rates. The states that have the death penalty averages about a 5.83 murder rate ( deterrence), where as, the states that do not support the death penalty have a rate of 4.10%.
Also the cost of the death penalty is causing a serious economic consequences. A few state governments estimate that the death penalty for one criminal, from the time they get arrested until the actual execution, ranges from $1 million to $3 million per criminal case. (Amnesty International USA) The millions of dollars spent on capital...