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Transcript of Capital punishment
Timothy McVeigh on June 11, 2001
Juan Raul Garza on June 19, 2001
Louis Jones on March 18, 2003. Life sentences over death sentence are the choice of federal juries, two to one will choose a life sentence over a death sentence. Capital Punishment what is it? legally killing somebody as a punishment for a crime. The cost of capital punishment is several times more than keeping an inmate locked of for life. Clogging up the court system with endless appeals become a financial burden to taxpayers. When I started this project I was a supporter of capital punishment, however; now that I studied the financial cost to a taxpayer I've taken a different stand on the matter. I don't think it should be abolished, but there needs to be something done to cut the cost down, and still be able to get closure for the victims family. I don't believe in the saying "An eye for an eye." When a crime in so heinous I think something should be done and if that is the death penalty then so be it. Conclusion In 1972 after the federal death penalty took a 16 year hiatus. In 1988 the federal death penalty was reinstated. Reports show that race plays a role in capital punishment. In 2007 the American Bar Association concluded that 1/3 of African-American in Philadelphia received life in prison because of their skin color. (Reggio, n.d.) (Reggio, n.d) ("Capital Punishment," n.d) ("Capital Punishment," n.d.) ("History of capital punishment in California, n.d: Amnesty International, 2012) ("Amnesty International," 2012) ("Amnesty International ," 2012) (Reggio, n.d.) "History of Capital Punishment in the United States" Life sentence vs. Death sentence The cost of doing business For the State of California the estimated annual cost of the death penalty is about $232.7 million per year. For a life sentence without possibility of parole will cost up to $11.5 million per year. ("Because Freedom Can't Protect itself," n.d) African-Americans are three time more likely to receive the death penalty if the crime committed was against a white person. References
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