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Campbell 1 Emanie Campbell Professor Kelleher 14 December 2018 Legal or Lethal Justice? There is no harsher punishment than being sentenced to your own death. The death penalty which is also known as capital punishment, is in fact the denial of human life. The death penalty debate is a never ending battle that’s been going on for decades. There are people in favor of the death penalty due to the comfort it will give the victims families and the belief that it is cheaper to just kill the criminal, while others will argue against it. The death penalty is not the only way to provide closure to victims’ families, it does not deter crime, and contrary to popular beliefs, a life sentence costs less than a death sentence. Although it may not seem like it because of the words “Capital punishment”, capital punishment is in fact a crime in itself. The difference between that and murder is only masked by legal terminology and in all honesty, only continues the series of violence. If the government does not steal from thieves or rape those convicted of rape what gives them the right to inflict murder on a murderer? In June of 1995, Jack Harold Jones raped and killed a woman named Lacey Jones and beat Darla Jones,her 11 year old chiand left her for dead. 23 years later Darla says that she can’t imagine what it will be like to finally see the man who killed her mother finally sentenced to his death. She says that after all of this time her and her family wished that her mothers killer would have been put to death by now. “ We couldn't move on and have that closure because they wouldn't let us, It's like they trapped us ... thinking about it and going to clemency hearings, and telling them one more time 'Yes, we still want you to finish this” (Simon) . Jones and her family
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Campbell 2 believe that this death will finally bring them the closure they needed, as the have been pleading Arkansas to go ahead with the conviction. Just like this family finds closure in seeing the murderer sentenced to his death, many other familes do too. There is a sense of comfort that justice has been served and that they can start to fully heal. However this is not always the case. For many other families nothing will ever make them heal completely. The death penalty doesn’t bring closure so much as it just extends misery. Nobody can speak for all victims or survivors, but there has been a scientific study of victim family members that compared the impact of a death sentence versus a life sentence for the murderer. In 2012, Armour and University of Minnesota researcher Mark Umbreit interviewed 20 families of crime victims in Texas, a state which regularly uses the death penalty, and 20 more families in Minnesota, which instead offers life without parole (Santhanam). They wanted to answer the question, whether families who suffer as victims from murder cope better with the death penalty or a life sentence. The 2012
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