Say Goodbye To Execution
The death penalty needs to be abolished, and it can no longer be decided on the basis of it being considered “cruel and unusual punishment.” Recently, the governor of California has ruled in favor of abolishing the death penalty under that one excuse without factoring in the other issues. The need for prisoners to waste away in prison should be a must. Execution will only stop criminals from suffering earlier than what they should serve, based on the severity level of their crime. If the inmates find themselves on death row, they have either committed or been suspected of committing such a harsh crime that they deserve to be held there.
By allowing death row prisoners to be killed quickly, the American government is shortening their deserved suffering while also making American citizens pay thousands of dollars to end one single person’s life at a time. The victims and their families will feel cheated because their perpetrator will not suffer for as long as they have. Keeping inmates locked up on death row or in the general public prison will force them to live in much more mental as well as possible physical pain than a quick death can allow.
The government cannot show other criminals that they take “an eye for an eye.” If the nation continues to use the death penalty, the criminals will see this as trying to get even with them. Quickly executing criminals will not generate a large enough scene to prevent others from committing those death row qualifying crimes the same way as allowing them to stay in a small metal cell for life will.
The United States Government is throwing innocent people on death row and preparing them for execution. According to California’s statistics, fifty of the seven hundred and thirty-seven inmates in their death row cells end up innocent. For death row prisoner, Rodney Reed’s case, the proper reciprocals of evidence were not taken when he was originally arrested. Reed has been on death row for more than twenty-two years for a crime that the state of Texas isn’t even completely certain he has committed. Unlike Reed, when many of the executed prisoners cases have been reopened, and the are found innocent, it is too late. Abolishing execution will eliminate the chances of making incorrect accusations that lead to the killing of an innocent person.
Although the death penalty may be considered “deserving” for some inmates, it is not for all. This style of dealing with prisoners needs to be put to an end. It is unfair to both the victims, their families, and their perpetrator because it ends their suffering too quickly. It would be much more humanistic and less problematic for the inmates to be thrown behind bars for the remaining years of their lives to induce great guilt and regret in their minds. Americans owe it to the victims and families of death row crimes to be able to see their violators behind bars to deteriorate.