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Khaled MohieddinDenny Conklin US History 2H12/22Capital Punishment: The Controversial Right Murder is the word chosen to portray the cruel act that a person has committed. A court decides whether an accused person is innocent or guilty but if convicted, the question is should that criminal be treated in the same matter as the person who has been killed? With the opinions on the death penalty disjointed, it is not possible to decide whether the death penalty should be present in the punishments of the US laws or not. In a list on the executions of 2017 by Death Penalty Information Center, it shows that there are Twenty Three murderers who have been executed in 2017, while Thirty Six people have been the victims of the cruel acts of the killers. The presence of crimes and the excessive number of victims compared to murderers resembles the importance of the death penalty in the judicial system. Despite its higher financial cost, the death penalty should be enforced as it ensures justice to the victim, it prevents future crimes, it does not violate the rights granted by the Eighth Amendment and is not majorly influenced by racism. The presence of the death penalty is vital in the judicial system as it may prevent a criminal from ending one’s life due to the fear of losing their own. In an article on whether the capital punishment should be present or not, Jacoby said,  “When murder is punished with death, fewer criminals will murder. When murder is punished with nothing worse than prison, more criminals will be emboldened to kill”(Jacoby, Jeff).  The law should be harsh or else many people will take advantage and commit more crimes. Humans fear death thus the death penalty might prevent them from committing crimes due to their fear of the punishment. With life on the line, many people will re-question their decisions and actions in order to stay safe. In the article Capital Punishment Serves A Purpose by Jeff Jacoby, he states that the presence and the enforcement of the death penalty will prevent many possible homicides. To support his thesis Jacob listed examples of people that did not commit a murder to prevent a death penalty. In one of the cases presented by Jacob, the accuser Margaret Elizabeth Daly stated,  “Yeah, I cut him and I should have done a better job. I would have killed him but I didn’t want to go to the gas chamber”(Capital Punishment Serves A Purpose). Although Margaret has committed a terrible act, the presences of the death penalty and the threat on her life, prevented her from ending another person’s life.The Eighth Amendment is argued as a prevention on the enforcement of the death penalty since it guarantees the right to not have a punishment that is cruel and unusual. The Eighth Amendment, however, does not make the death penalty wrong or illegal. Chief of Justice John G. Roberts said, “simply because an execution method may result in pain, either by accident or as an inescapable consequence of death, does not establish the sort of ‘objectively intolerable risk of harm” that qualifies as cruel and unusual”(Is the death penalty unconstitutional?). As stated by the chief justice, the death penalty is not intended to torture a prisoner or make him/her suffer, but rather obtain the victim’s right. The forms of execution of the death penalty have evolved through time until it reached a form that is least painful. The current form, used by all states and federal government as their primary execution method, is the lethal injection. In reference to the article Methods of Execution by Jeremy Mull, The lethal injection can be executed according to different protocols such as the three-drug protocol. The three-drug protocol makes the execution fairly painless as the first drug is used to set the prisoner unconscious, the second drug is a muscle relaxer and the third drug causes cardiac arrest. The replacement of many cruel forms of executions such as hanging or electrocution with lethal injection, makes the death penalty as painless and uncruel as possible. The death penalty is a form of justice and lawful vengeance for someone who has been a victim of a crime, whether directly or through a loved one. According to Sergeant Dan Cabral of the California Deputy Sheriffs’ Association, the death penalty is a way to compensate the families that have been victims of a murder. In a video Sergeant Dan Cabral states,  “Killing is so brutal, families never recover. That’s why we have the death penalty.”( Why Are Prison Guards Backing the Death Penalty?).  Many people have lost a loved one due to a terrorist attack or other terrible act that they had nothing to do with. Given the victims and the cruel ways they have been objected to, The Los Angeles Airport Peace Officers Association expressed on their website the importance of the death penalty. They say, “Giving up . .. justice for crime victims and their families. The prisoners . . . murdered more than 1,000 people . . . Having a functional death penalty law will help  . . . measure of closure to the families . . . taken from them” (Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed? ). The person who is responsible for the harsh misery of others should be severely punished. A criminal facing a life sentence no longer has a thing to fear as long as no further punishment would be inflicted upon her/him. This makes criminals facing lifetime sentences rather than a capital punishment a danger to people inside of the prison. In an advertisement in support of the death penalty, CCPOA president Chuck Alexander explains that the death penalty is the last defense against criminals. Expressing the concern of the prison guards Alexander says, “Without the death penalty, what’s to stop the killer who’s serving life without parole, from killing inside the prison”( CCPOA president Chuck Alexander). A criminal is always a threat since he/she has committed a crime and will not hesitate to commit another one since he/she has nothing more to fear. Murderers are a risk that puts society and more directly prison guard’s life in jeopardy. Many people might experience harm they do not deserve because of one’s horrible actions.The importance of the death penalty is hugely influenced by its idea. The idea of ending a person’s life is not widely accepted in the society today. The death penalty accomplishes many benefits to the society, despite the opposition to its ideas. One of the main reason to oppose the death penalty is the influence of racism on it. Although racism might be present in the death penalty, it is also present in any other process, as it can be described or presented in different matters. In an interview with Arwa, about his opinion on the influence of racism on the death penalty he said, “While racism is present I think it’s a matter of favoritism rather than racism” (Arwa interview).  The idea of favoritism is widely present in everyday life, favoring a family member or a friend to another. Although racism is an argument against the death penalty, its influence on it is not major. The former mayor of New York City Edward Koch has addressed the idea of racism in the death penalty. He said,”The racial breakdown . . . 48.6 percent white; 40.9 percent black .  . . . The race of defendants  . . . 56 percent white; 35 percent black; 7 percent Hispanic; 2 percent other”(Popcorn Org). As presented by the information, racism has a little to no influence on the death penalty, thus the idea of racism should not influence the opinions on the death penalty. One of the most influential ideas presented by people opposing the death penalty is the high financial cost needed to perform such act.  In a study on the costs of the capital punishment by the state of Kansas, they concluded, “The study counted death penalty case costs through to execution and found that the median death penalty case costs $1.26 million. Non-death penalty cases were counted through to the end of incarceration and were found to have a median cost of $740,000″(Financial Facts about the Death Penalty). The main issue lies in the judicial system of the country rather than the death penalty itself. The cost of the death penalty is not alone the cost of the execution, but the expenses of the whole process. The process of the death penalty includes a court appointment of jury and lawyers. In addition to that the expenses of the prisoners on death row, the payment for guards, possible multiple appeals and most importantly the method of execution. The Los Angeles time used records which relate to the death penalty financial costs. The records state, “it costs $90,000 more a year to house one inmate on death row, where each person has a private cell and extra guards, than in general prison population. This additional cost per prisoner adds up to $57.5 million in annual spending”(Financial Facts about The Death Penalty).If the death penalty was enforced as quickly as possible then the majority of its costs will be cut down. The presence of the death penalty is important as it benefits the society in many different ways. The punishment with death might seem harsh in the view of some people; despite it being a form to assure justice to someone who has been harmed in a similar or harsher manner and to someone who has harmed another in a similar way. To conclude, The death penalty should stay in place as it is a lawful revenge limitedly affected by racism, it prevents future crimes, and it is coherent with the Eighth Amendment,  regardless of its high financial costs.Work CitedDimmock, Graham. Personal Interview. 27 November 2017.DPIC. “State by State Lethal Injection.” State by State Lethal Injection | Death Penalty Information Center, “Costs of the Death Penalty.” Costs of the Death Penalty | Death Penalty Information  Center, DPIC. “Execution List 2017.” Execution List 2017 | Death Penalty Information Center, Markowitz / Capital and Main. “Why Are Prison Guards Backing the Death Penalty?”Alternet, 26 Oct. 2016,, Jeff. “Capital Punishment Serves a Purpose.”, “Methods Of Execution.” The Clark County Prosecuting Attorney,, Arwa. Personal Interview. 28 November 2017.Mohieddin, Nasser. 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