Death Penalty acceptable as punishment? NO

Lethal-injection, electrocution, lethal gas and firing squad are all the modern processes of taking a life of a convict. All of these are a form of torture to get some sort of justification for their crimes. At least the victim gets to choose how they go out of the world.

However, the government killing a convict who did a terrible act does not bring justice to the victim who died. It only brings mayhem to the courts and communities by riots or other means of disruption. For example, it seems like some portion of a community is sad when someone dies in a drunk driving car wreck, but some won’t hesitate to wish the drunk driver dead for killing a victim. It’s hypocritical to wish death upon someone for making a grave mistake they probably didn’t mean.

In other cases, such as murder, the defendant is guilty of all charges; however, there are always the few who are wrongfully put on death row. Their trial creates a huge financial crisis for taxpayers, guilty or not.

According to, cases without the death penalty cost $740,000, while cases where the death penalty is sought cost $1.26 million. Maintaining each death row prisoner costs taxpayers $90,000 more per year than a prisoner in general population. It costs more to carry out the death penalty than it does to keep a convict in prison. A convict usually sits on death row for a decade or so.

To have life in prison would be pretty rough and miserable.

According to, the survivors of murder victims feel the death penalty only prolongs their pain and does not provide the resolution they need. It also prevents wrongful execution. There isn’t any question as to where the convict is going. They have to deal with their intentions for the rest of their life. No one truly wants to live with that grief, because there occasionally does come a time when someone realizes their mistakes, such as the Alan Hruby case.

I would rather someone commit suicide in prison than die at the hands of a risky procedure. According to about seven percent of all lethal injections from 1982 to 2010 were botched. They had to continue on the execution longer than proposed or had to use more of the substance.

In 2014, Joseph Rudolph Wood III endured a two hour long execution which is one of the longest lethal injection executions in history. During this time Wood was gasping for air and wouldn’t actually fall into the sleep to allow the full process to take place. He was convicted in 1989 and pronounced dead in 2014 making this a long, costly process.

Locally, Hruby admitted to the crimes against his immediate family’s death by a gun. The outside family decided against the death penalty. He was given three sentences to life in prison without parole which will be carried out at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary. Which makes sense considering he has a place he can be without disturbing the peace but still be alive.

The government does not have to kill anyone for a crime that is committed. I think the death penalty needs to rest in peace due to the fact it cannot be financially sustainable nor morally correct. The death penalty says it’s okay to kill someone because they killed someone.