Death penalty is not an accurate form of justice
Published: Thursday, September 20, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 13:09
Every night when the local news is turned on, citizens of New Orleans and the metro area are bombarded with reports of murders that happened on the streets.
Crime is an increasing problem in our city. In Louisiana, when murderers are caught and found guilty, they can receive the death penalty, which in my personal opinion is morally wrong.
Capital Punishment is a long- standing tradition in all societies. Since the beginning of time, people have followed the “eye-for-an-eye” law and have simply gotten rid of the trouble makers in society.
However, now that prisons have
evolved, only the more severe and dangerous murderers are given the death penalty in states that still have Capital Punishment.
The American justice system has three different degrees of murder that define its severity (if there is such a thing as a less- severe murder).
First-degree murder takes planning and thought. In order for a murder to be considered second- degree, the killer must have committed the crime in a moment of passion. Third-degree murder is usually caused by negligence or the intent to cause harm without meaning to kill.
Currently, 33 states have the death penalty, and it seems that laws are being passed all the time to try to reduce murderers’ sentences to life in prison.
Prison is a scary thought, and I personally know of a few people who have been incarcerated.
Growing up, I heard stories of stabbings and drug deals gone wrong behind the prison walls. I know people who have had
unfortunate run-ins in prison because other inmates thought that they looked weak. In prison, the weak do not survive; they are often raped, stabbed or beaten to death.
I believe that the death penalty is the easy way out of life. When a person commits a crime, he/she deserves to be punished.
However, if we consider Capital Punishment a real penalty for murder, than the killer is getting off way too easy. I feel as if there is more suffering in prison than from dying by lethal injection.
Lethal injection is supposed to be humane; yet, I cannot help but feel that these people do not deserve mercy.
If they could kill someone, then why should they be shown any form of mercy?
Another reason I am against the death penalty is because I do not think people have the right to pick and choose who lives or dies. I do not like the idea of playing God and taking away anyone’s life.
Being raised Catholic, I consider
human life to be sanctioned by God alone.
Yet government officials want to take away the lives of murderers because they took the life of another.
Personally, I do not like the idea of my tax money going to feeding prisoners and keeping them alive; however, from the stories I have heard of the Orleans Parish Prison, I do not mind that rapists and murderers are being kept there for life.
Everyone deserves justice; however, taking away life is not justice. It would be just to let them rot away in prison, where they would never know what could happen the next day.
I, honestly, would rather die than have to spend the rest of my life in prison, never knowing freedom again.
Kaitlyn O’Connor is a history sophomore and can be reached at