The Death Penalty Should be Abolished
When I was in seventh grade, my school once dismissed students early in order to allow them to go see the execution of a nineteen-year-old boy who had murdered a newlywed girl to rob her jewelry, which was valued at one-tenth of an ounce of gold. The local government encouraged seeing executions to prevent violent crimes and show strong social condemnation for heinous crimes. Today I am living in the United States, and I see that many states use the death penalty to bring criminals to justice for families of victims, to deter violent crimes, and to show strong social condemnation for premeditated murder. However, I believe the death penalty does not guarantee these results at all and should be abolished.
families want to have justice for victims, so they support the death
sentence. However, the death penalty doesn’t bring victims back to life
or diminish the loss to their families. For instance, the parents and
three children of Kim Groves, who was murdered by Paul Hardy and Len Davis
have used the death penalty to deter serious crimes; however, the death
penalty isn’t a deterrent to violent crimes. According to an article in
the San Jose Mercury News, “After 24 Years on Death Row,
Clemency Is Killer’s Final Appeal,” Adam Liptak shows that after the
United States Supreme Court lifted the ban for the death penalty in 1976,
the states which have the highest execution rate have higher violent crime
rates. From 1982 to 1991, the national crime rate rose 5% while the crime
Worst of all, the death penalty is a cruel and brutal punishment, and it continues the cycle of violence. Although the death sentence shows strong social condemnation for heinous crimes, it won't prevent future violent crimes. The death penalty will hurt more people. Edna Weaver, whose daughter Tina Lambriola was murdered by William Severs,Jr. in New Jersey in 2002, said that she not only wanted Severs's life spared, but also hoped that his mother would be spared the pain of losing a child. “I wouldn’t want another mother to feel like I do – it ‘s a feeling I could never put into words…At least his mother will be able to write to him, she will be able to send things to him,” said Weaver. If killing is so wrong, how can it be right to kill? The death penalty should be banned to stop the cycle of violence.
At the time of
this writing, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has just denied a final
hearing for clemency that would have stayed the execution of Stanley
Tookie Williams, who murdered four people during robberies in 1979.
Williams will be executed tomorrow,