Abolishing death penalty

Many people have arguing on whether to allow death penalty to continue or for it to be abolished. In essence, many arguments have been basing on the moral issues. Very few arguments have looked on the economic constraints that death penalty has on the economy. This paper will argue on the economic basis that needs to put death penalty to an end.

Whether or not the sentence of death penalty makes up an effort that is reasonable in the prevention of crimes viewed from an economic perspective is an issue that is subject to debate. The resources that are employed in this type of selective and legitimized murdering of people are usually not available for the methodologies of crime prevention. This sentence fails largely as the best solution in solving violence as a major problem facing the US. Due to the huge amounts of costs incurred in order to implement this form of sentence, capital punishment greatly interferes with the preventive programs spectrum, which over the years has demonstrated a lot of effectiveness in reducing violence in the US.

Therefore, from an economic point of view, the death penalty should be abolished in the US as it has more economic demerits as compared to the economic benefits arising from this form of punishment (Dieter, 2010).

Death penalty should be abolished
Throughout the US, police officers are being laid off every now and then, inmates are being released before serving their full sentence, the courts in the country are overcrowded, while violent crimes continues to increase. The current economic recession has not made things any easier, for example, in Florida, a budget crisis was reported which led to the premature release of more than three thousand prisoners. Furthermore, in Texas, the convicted inmates are only serving 20 of their total sentence thus resulting to an upsurge in crime and re arrests of the same criminals. On the other hand, Georgia State has dismissed, more than 900 personnel working in the correctional facilities while the state of New Jersey was forced to dismiss about five hundred officers. But despite the fact that these states and several others have been compelled to undertake such measures, they continue spending huge amounts of money running into millions of dollars each year in the death penalty even though it has not achieved much in reducing crime in the US. Death penalty should thus be abolished and the net savings from its elimination used to fund several states that have been compelled to undertake various measures which they could not have undertaken if they had sufficient resources (Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice, 2008).

The sentence of death penalty escapes the crucial analysis of cost benefit which all the other programs are usually subjected to. Instead of being created as a single and costly alternative in the spectrum of methods used to fight crime in the country, this particular sentence works at the political rhetoric extremes. Most of the candidates of this sentence use it as a superficial crime solution which permits them to differentiate themselves by their positions toughness as opposed to the effectiveness of the sentence. Thus whereas a lot of money is spent by both the federal government as well as individual states in death penalty, these money end up being a waste since they do not achieve the main objective for which they are spent. There is therefore no need to continue with the death sentence as it only leads to increase in crime rate in the country.

There are several psychological benefits that are likely to be realized should death penalty be abolished throughout the US. This form of punishment causes a lot of psychological stress not only to its candidates, but also to their relatives. The psychologically stressed individuals as a result of death sentence eventually have to incur some costs while seeking medication in order to overcome such stresses. Moreover, psychologically stressed people are less productive and thus contribute less to the countrys gross domestic product. In other words, such people are less viable economically. In order to bring an end or reduce such forms of stress and their related costs, death penalty should be abolished throughout the US (Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice, 2008).

As discussed above, death penalty has more economic costs as compared to the economic benefits that are realized through it. If it is abolished, America as a nation is likely to prosper more economically as opposed with the current state where it continues to be practiced. Furthermore, the sentence of death penalty has over the years proved to be less effective in dealing with the challenge of violence in the American society. This therefore means that a lot of financial resources are usually employed to achieve less success. Therefore, the idea of abolishing death penalty in the US is a feasible idea that should be implemented.


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