The Death Penalty
The death penalty has been around in our history for centuries. Animals, tribes, and government all use the death penalty for punishment and to prove dominance. When most people think about the death penalty they think of old English queens and the guillotine, or old western America and hangings. The death penalty has evolved over time to the methodical thing we see today.
The death penalty is use to punish major crimes or felonies. The crime that convicts a person to death varies from state to state. This is because the courts are state ruled or state governed. Not every state uses the death penalty; some find it morally wrong. Out of the fifty the states in ...view middle of the document...
We are playing with people’s lives and they come to verdicts that scar families forever.
Troy Davis is an African American man that received the death penalty while ago. He gained a lot of attention when there was a large chance he could have been innocent. “Most of the eyewitnesses recanted, and ballistics evidence was called inconclusive, but after 22 years of litigation, the legal system basically said enough was enough” (Turow). When statements like that were released his execution was already being put in to motion. The NAACP organized a protest to stop the execution. They had no success he died late that night with his family and the victims family watching. This was the very example of the injustice of the death penalty. A man was put to death with a more than a hope he was innocent. This was said to be a very controversial case considering it was yet again another “white” versus “black” case and there was no problem just killing another “black” man to ease the pain of a heartbroken “white” family. A believed innocent man was killed for what? These are his final words release by the Georgia Department of Corrections,
“Well, first of all I'd like to address the MacPhail family. I'd like to let you all know that despite the situation -- I know all of you still are convinced that I'm the person that killed your father, your son and your brother, but I am innocent. The incidents that happened that night was not my fault. I did not have a gun that night. I did not shoot your family member.
But I am so sorry for your loss. I really am -- sincerely.
All that I can ask is that each of you look deeper into this case, so that you really will finally see the truth.
I ask to my family and friends that you all continue to pray, that you all continue to forgive. Continue to fight this fight.
For those about to take my life, may God have mercy on all of your souls. God bless you all.”( Georgia Department of Corrections 2011)
Right before his execution the mother of the victim, that Troy Davis was accused of killing, went on record saying she knows when she sees a killer and he is a killer. That is really what capital punishment has come to a guessing game, but if the death penalty is that hard to justify why do it in the first place? The death penalty has basically become a coping mechanism for families or just another way to seek revenge for a loss loved one.
You can’t even say it’s cheaper to just execute a man rather than keeping him in prison. It cost one hundred and thirty-seven millions dollars a year to go through with an execution and it cost eleven and a half million to just keep in prison (©2011 Death Penalty Information Center). So why is the death penalty still being used? Hell! We are in a recession and they want to spend one hundred and twenty five million dollars of our money for something that’s not totally necessary. That could take out a big chunk in the national debt or my college tuition, and the fact that...