Capital punishment, or the death penalty, is a punishment for the worst offenders who come to court. Many people view it as a violation of the basic human rights we are all entitled to, but others view it as a proper sentence for murderers. I believe that the death penalty is correct in the circumstances where someone has murdered another human being intentionally.
Firstly, the death penalty is justified because it increases the amount of money and space in prisons. Prisons cost taxpayers a grand total of $32 billion every year. Most of that money is being used to care for the prisoners. On average, the money spent on one inmate amounts to $22,000 a year. The cost to take care of an inmate with a life sentence can cost as much as $1.5 million while the cost of a single lethal injection is only $1,300.
If a lethal injection was used on a life sentence prisoner, it would save the state over $1.4 million. The money saved from the lethal injection would allow states to spend more on education or healthcare rather than taking care of prisoners who will spend their entire lives behind bars. Many people suffering from diseases, hunger, or lack of education could be helped with this money.
In addition, the death of a murderer by lethal injection deters others from committing violent crimes. Texas, a state that supports capital punishment, has a crime rate of 4.12 violent criminals/1000 citizens, which is much safer than Alaska, a state that doesn’t support capital punishment, which has a staggering 7.30/1000. These violent crimes happen mostly because of poverty in the state, which the death penalty could also help fix with its cost effectiveness. This displays how much capital punishment could reduce crime just by being allowed.
Lastly, many human rights activists will say that the death penalty is against ethics and morals, but, to their disbelief, capital punishment is in accordance with the “Golden Rule” of morals. This rule is stated in countless moral, ethics and religious books.
Jesus Christ is believed to have said, “Do to others what you want them to do to you.” In Judaism’s Torah, there is a quote that reads, “You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against your kinsfolk. Love your neighbor as yourself.” Also, Muhammad is believed to have said, “As you would have people do to you, do to them; and what you dislike to be done to you, don’t do to them.”
There are so many more examples, but they all boil down to treat others how you would like to be treated. This rule supports a murderer being killed for his awful deed. It makes sense as it is equal treatment. Ted Bundy was killed for all the murders he committed because that is simply fair treatment. Killers deserve this ironic end for wanting to end others’ lives.
In conclusion, capital punishment comes down to pros and cons. The pros clearly outweigh the cons. It is a more practical economical choice, it reduces violent crimes, and it abides by moral values from a vast selection of religions. Although the death penalty may seem to be against human rights, it actually goes in accordance with them and does much more good than most would think.