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year since the death penalty law was in effect. Another thing that would surprise those who support death penalty is it’s price. The fact is: each death penalty case costs about 2.3 million dollars. That is three times more than a price for keeping a person in a prison for the rest of his life. Here is what Mr. C.Hoppe states in his article ” Executions Cost Texas Millions “: For the states which employ the death penalty, this luxury comes at a high price. In Texas, a death penalty case costs taxpayers an average of $ 2.3 million, about three times the cost of imprisoning someone in a single cell at the highest security level for 40 years.” A lot of articles were published in the newspapers and magazines concerning the question of a death penalty law. One of those

articles lists many arguments against the death penalty. Here is what David Dunlap writes about the death penalty: ” Opposition to the death penalty does not arise from misplaced sympathy for convicted murderers. On the contrary, murder demonstrates a lack of respect for human life. For this very reason, murder is abhorrent, and any policy of state - authorized killings is immoral. Capital punishment denies due process of law. Its imposition is arbitrary and irrevocable. It forever deprives an individual of benefits of new evidence or new law that might warrant the reversal of a conviction or the setting aside of a death sentence. The death penalty violates the constitutional guarantee of the equal protection of the laws. It is applied randomly at best and discriminatorily at

worst. It is imposed disproportionately up on those whose victims are white, on offenders who are people of color, and on those who are themselves poor and uneducated. The defects in death – penalty laws, conceded by the Supreme Court in the early 1970s, have not been appreciably altered by the shift from unfettered discretion to ” guided discretion. ” These changes in death sentencing have proved to be largely cosmetic. They merely mask the impermissible arbitrariness of a process that results in an execution. Executions give society the unmistakable message that human life no longer deserves respect when it is useful to take it and that homicide is legitimate when deemed justified by pragmatic concerns. Reliance on the death penalty obscures the true causes of crime and

distracts attention from the social measures that effectively contribute to its control. Politicians who preach the desirability of executions as a weapon of crime control deceive the public and mask their own failure to support anti- crime measures that will really work. Capital punishment wastes resources. It squanders the time and energy of courts, prosecuting attorneys, defense counsel, juries, and courtroom and correctional personnel. It unduly burdens the system of criminal justice, and it is therefore counterproductive as an instrument for society’s control of violent crime. It epitomizes the tragic inefficacy and brutality of the resort to violence rather than reason for the solution of difficult social problems. ” As we can see, from these points of view, death

penalty in it’s every aspect is a thing that American society must get rid of . But, as in every issue that involves the life of the human being, there are different kinds of opinions regarding the death – penalty law. Some people actually believe in effectiveness and usefulness of a death penalty. Even though those opinions are not backed up by any facts or statistics, there still is a very large number of people of all races, ages and genders who support the death – penalty law. Lawrence Altman is a part of the group of people who support the capital punishment. Here is what he thinks are the main arguments for having a death penalty : ” Is it described in a Holy Bible that a death penalty is required for a wide variety of crimes, such as murder, rape, etc. Another

reason why the death penalty should be in effect is that many people feel that killing convicted murderers will satisfy their need for justice and / or vengeance. Deterrence is another fact that speaks for the capital punishment: many people feel that the death penalty will deter criminals from killing. However, there are no known reliable statistics that support this belief. Also capital punishment reduces the costs that are required for imprisonment: once a convicted murder is executed and buried, there are no further costs. ” My personal opinion regarding this article is that listed above arguments for the death penalty are very wrongful and could be easily turned down by the results of numerous surveys and different statistics. Even the fact about the Holy Bible is wrong