Death Penalty Essay
The death penalty is a very questionable punishment in many states across the U.S.
Thirty-one of the fifty states officially have the death penalty, and nineteen without. Four of the
states with death penalty have death penalty with gubernatorial moratoria. This is when the state
governor can change a death sentence to life in prison, instead. In my opinion, I am for the death
penalty because I believe it is sometimes necessary. If I were a prisoner, I would rather be put to
death than rot in prison.
Our state of California has the largest Death Row in the country, with more than 700
convicted prisoners. In November of 2016, California had two death penalty initiatives on the
ballot. One inquired to abolish the death penalty (Proposition 62) and the other to limit state
court judicial review of death penalty claims (Proposition 66). If I were to vote, I would have
voted ‘yes’ for Proposition 66, and ‘no’ for Proposition 62. Most who voted ‘yes’ for 62 most
likely believed death penalty is inhumane, which is understandable. What gives the government
the right to decide who dies and when they die? These matters of application and morality are
very crucial issues as to why death penalty is so controversial.
When deciding who dies and who does not, there are many factors that come in place.
This is why California has allowed voters to have a say in what crimes are death-eligible. Those
who believe the death penalty is inhumane need to consider the crimes one has to commit to be
put on Death Row. I believe if you intentionally take someone’s life, you do not deserve to life
the rest of yours. Some may take into consideration the possibility of a mentally ill person
committing such a crime. Some mental illnesses can cause someone to do insane things, but if a...