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Multiple Source Essay #1 Final Draft

Multiple Source Essay #1 Final Draft - McLean 1 Sarah...

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McLean 1 Sarah McLean English 112 Paul Bissa 1 March 2007 Multiple Source Essay #1: Draft 1 Since 1976 many murder and violence statistics in the United States have been declining. The homicide rate, school gun violence, mass murder rate and gun violence rate have all decreased significantly (Kleck 383). Although, as a whole, crime and murder rates have gone down in the past 30 years, the future of society depends on Capital Punishment. The number of people murdered each year is staggering, reaching 16, 137 people a year as of 2004 (Department of Justice). Many people are quick to blame the high violence rates on television, music, or video games however, a large reason why so many people continue to kill is because they feel there is no punishment for it or that they can get out of punishment with “good behavior” or finding loop holes in the judicial system such as pleading insanity. Capital Punishment is necessary and beneficial to maintaining order and safety among citizens of our country; however there are many changes which need to take place to make it more effective. The death penalty needs to actually be used for murder cases, not just the extremely bad or heinous murders, but all or close to all murders. Keeping inmates on death row for 20-70 years is eating up millions of tax dollars. There also needs to be a reform in the parole system, too many murderers are killing multiple times when the government has a chance to stop it. There also needs to be a tightening of the jury system so as to fix any loop holes which allow criminals to get off scoot free. The first issue is that the use of life sentences in prison and the number of people who sit around for years on death row are eating up our tax dollars. Joshua Green, senior editor of The
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McLean 2 Atlantic and contributing editor of the Washington Monthly states, “3,565 inmates sit on death row, and new arrivals average 300 annually” (Green 370). This is a horrible thought, the fact that these people can willfully go out, kill another person and are still allowed to receive three meals a day, a warm place to sleep, and a television while there are hard working people, living in the streets who have never committed a crime in their life who have to scrape together change to feed their family. A main argument against Capital Punishment is the fact that it costs so much per person, which it does, estimated at $2 million per case (Sharp). However, once numbers are compared and adjusted for inflation, we find that paying for Life without Parole costs much more than Capital Punishment in the long run. This ends up giving us numbers quite to the contrary of
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