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I strongly oppose the death penalty because taking a life is not a justice that helps either party. It allows people to think they are justified in taking a human life. That’s the bottom line to me: taking a life is not ethical. Many family members who have lost love ones to murder have found that the death penalty does not heal their wounds or end their pain. In addition, the extended legal process prior to executions can prolong the agony experienced by the victims’ families. They get wrapped up in anger and hate for years instead of grieving and being able to move on in a healthy manner.
Although many people in prison have committed the crimes against them, there have been many times when an innocent person has been arrested and put to death. If they are killed, there is no reversing it. If they are in prison for life, there is a chance they could be redeemed.
Consistently, studies have failed to demonstrate that executions deter people from committing crimes anymore than long prison sentences.
Financially, it is not cheaper. In every state that retains the death penalty, jurors have the option of sentencing convicted capital murderers to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The sentence is cheaper to taxpayers and keeps violent offenders off the streets for good.
I don’t want to live in a nation where the government supports taking a human life.
Saint Louis, Missouri