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Sub- point C: CBS News states, as of September 1st, 2019, there have been 9,932 deaths by gun. 9,000 people who were in need of protection but did not have it. When one chooses to shootand kill another person, they are forfeiting their right to protection. We cannot protect these murders. As of October 1st, 2019, only 17 people have been executed by the death penalty. So would it be fair to say that taking away 17 lives due to the horrendous crimes that they committed and thousands of lives they have taken, is an immoral action? Sub-point C: (supporting sentence) Issue #2: The second issue I am going to discuss is why the death penalty is more cost effective compared to life in prison. When people are sentenced to life in prison, with no opportunity for parole, this often leads to mass incarceration and overcrowding in the prison system. According to the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics, the number of people 55 or older sentenced to more than one year in prison increased 400% between 1993 and 2013, to more than 130,000. These elderly prisoners have greatly increased burdens on the prison system, in part because of the extremely costly medical care they require. So with this large amount of eldery prisoners, this would only mean higher costs for medical expenses as they get older (which is the time in one’s life when they likely have the most medical
Final Debate 1st Constructive 4expenses). When talking about life in prison, you need to consider the costs of judicial/legal systems, prison construction, health care, food, utilities, bond fees, private correctional facilities, etc. Sub-point D: In a study called “Following the Money of Mass Incarceration” by Peter Wagner and Bernadette Rabuy, they discovered that the annual cost of mass incarceration was $182 billion dollars.According to the Washington State Institute for Public Policy, prisons take an average of $250 million to build and $45 million to operate yearly.Transitional sentence:Now that I have explained the two main issues of morality and cost, I amgoing to go over the causes and effects these issues have on society.Sub-point A: (define the causes): In 1995 Oklahoma City was faced with the deadliest terrorist attack in the United States prior to 9/11 according to the United States Military Academy. A man orchestrated a bombing that took 168 lives and injured over 600 more people. 19 of those 168 people were children who were in daycare at the time. The man responsible was sentenced to the death penalty. Sub-point B: (supporting sentence): On that day, 168 lives were taken away, and hundreds more were scarred for life. In response to his crimes, the man stated that after his execution, the score would be "168 to 1". He did not feel bad for the crime he committed.