THE POLICY DEBATE: SHOULD DEATH PENALTY BE ABOLISHED
Today there are many more prisoners being sentenced and waiting to be executed on death row than are actually executed. U.S policy on capital punishment should be changed or even abolished. In all honesty I feel that the justice system is flawed. The system seems to treat a person better if they are rich and guilty then if they are poor and innocent. Capital punishment is simply not fair and immoral and ultimately is a violation of the Constitution of the United States.
The other option besides the death penalty would be life in prison without parole. This seems to be such a harsher punishment than death. That is what the US policy should be. Death is a complete end and becomes so unimportant quickly after the fact. It seems so much harsher and more of a punishment to sit in a prison cell every single day for the rest of their life with no hope of ever getting out. Never having an opportunity of freedom and always being watched and monitored has to be such an awful life to live.
Opponents of the death penalty say that millions are spent to get a death sentence and that most people that are given a death sentence are never put to death and die in prison which is essentially life without parole. Capital cases are much more time consuming and there is so much more involved then criminal cases. There are more expert witnesses, more appeals, and more attorneys which all cost more money. The Constitution of the United States requires this process. Offenders serving a death sentence are housed in the most maximum security prisons which are more expensive to run mainly because more correctional officers are needed to ensure safety. We are not talking thousands in death cases it is more like millions. Those millions of dollars can be spent elsewhere like on law enforcement, education, roads, and so on.
I do not feel that the death penalty is a deterrent of crime. I personally feel that it is...