Last Meals Are Not Happy Meals

English 3C
31 May 2012
Last Meals are not Happy Meals
“Dead man walking,” these words indicate that harm is coming. People believe that killing is wrong, but why does that attitude die when it comes to the death penalty? The death penalty deprives humans of their own personal rights. I believe that capital punishment is appalling. I think this because it is expensive, there is a risk of wrongly convicted people being executed and it is hypocritical to murder someone in the name of the law.
      It costs up to four times more to execute a person than to keep him or her in prison for life. Some state governments estimate that one lethal injection ranges from $1 million - $3 million, and could even rise to $7 million per case due to free counsel for defense, appeals and maximum security in a separate death row wing. On the contrary, a life in imprisonment only costs $500,000, including the cost of incarceration.
      There have been many cases where innocent people are sentenced to death; sources indicate that approximately 23 innocent people have been executed so far. It is unfair for the innocent people to be executed for something they did not do. Additionally, it is unfair for a wrongful conviction to steal an innocent individual away from their family and friends. If the Courts of Justice were to misjudge a person and claim them to be guilty, they cannot undo their mistake once that person is killed. It would also be considered murder if the jury kills an innocent person. So knowing that, does that mean the jury should be killed? It is nonsense to have everyone just killing each other, and the issue would not be solved; only more killing would get involved. A well-known French revolutionist, Francois Robespierre, said, “Human judgments are never so certain as to permit society to kill a human being judged by other human beings….Why deprive ourselves of any chance to redeem such errors?” It is not fair for humans to have the power to decide...