Editors Note: After watching a news video on the death penalty this started off as your normal video comment, highlighting the bad and the good “things” about the death penalty, however, it has evolved into this wondrous text below, for you to enjoy.
The Death Penalty, is a system of punishment stuck in the middle of an era of change. In the United States the Death Penalty is still supported by the majority (source: http://www.statisticbrain.com/death-penalty-statistics/) of the population. Intended to be a final kill all for criminals who’ve committed severe crimes (crimes depending on magnitude and region) the death penalty has been relatively successful in the past years… except when it hasn’t. The number of Capital Punishments has gone down exponentially since 1999, as well as the number of prisoners. (source:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NaPBcUUqbew ) The death penalty is being used less and less it seems.
However, besides the obvious peace of mind that capital punishment can bring, the recent statistics showing 1/4 sentenced to death are innocent is unacceptable. Many Americans systems are beautifully flawed but this is a blemish no one should be burdened with, the idea that you can be killed by those assigned to protect you for a simple mistake in assessing the source of the danger is not okay. Not for the person being executed, not for their families, and not for all the people that the actual criminal may hurt in the future and their relations. Capital Punishment was instituted for protection, of the capital, of the prisoners, of peoples impressions. Yet through the years, the need for it grows less and less. People will never stop murdering, raping, slaughtering, humiliating, and destroying lives as long as we are a species. Yet the mere fact that one out of four of these punished are innocent is a number high enough for me to stop and think. Is this form of punishment worth so many innocent peoples lives. We only live once, and that such a short life as it is can be cut even shorter from a mistake seems to be to great of a terrible decision. That is why I believe that the death penalty should be abolished, though not immediately.
To work our way away from this form of punishment will require more secure prisons, secluded conditions, and tighter restrictions. Varying levels of HUMANE punishments for varying lengths of times should be implemented in these prisons.
I do realize that this will be a long and difficult process, money that we very much do not have being devoted to “protect” those who rape and destroy? No, this will be a long and difficult path to protecting those who are innocent, and to giving so many lives and families peace of mind and to rightfully punish those who’ve wronged.