Friday, August 10, 2007
The Ultimate Punishment
This is my personal response to my colleague's blog post "An Eye for an Eye."
Death row is obviously a topic that is immediately thought of being in Texas. Texas is still one of the few states that legalizes and occasionally uses the death penalty. The death penalty was reinstated in 1976 and since then Texas has led the number of executions. Texas performs this sentence by either legal injection, electrocution, lethal gas, hanging, and firing squad. Of course, lethal injection is the most common procedure. However, my colleague states that financially, Texas would be better off taking the life imprisonment option for capital murder criminals rather than performing the death penalty. I disagree with this statement wholeheartedly because keeping prisoners in jail for a life time is extremely expensive. Think of just feeding a person for a lifetime. This would prove to be very costly over the years. Whereas, the lethal injection currently costs approximately $86.08, so I definitely believe that when talking about the financial aspect about this issue, the death penalty is definitely the way to go.
My colleague goes on and talks about the moral issue that comes along with the death penalty. I do agree with her statement that killing more and more people because our jails are getting crowded is wrong. Whether or not our jails are overcrowded isn't a reason to consider using the death penalty more on inmates. It's such a controversial issue because I don't believe that it is our place, or any other person for that matter, to decide whether or not a person should live. However, I do believe that death is the ultimate and fair punishment for someone that has committed capital murder. Someone that has taken an others life doesn't deserve to live in my book. My colleague also believes that killing an inmate gives them what they want in the sense that they won't have to suffer any longer in jail. I once again disagree with that statement because jail is an awful place, but not a torture chamber, and therefore, I don't believe that killing a criminal is doing them a favor in any way.
To read my colleague's complete post: http://texasgovernment-summersession2.blogspot.com/