The huge expense, while failing to bring comfort or

The death penalty is a highly controversial and widely debated topic. There have been many advocates for it, stating that it deters many criminals from harming others, lowers the crime rate, keeps society safe from other criminals, and gives relief to the family of the victim. The opposition, on the other hand, refutes by stating that it can be expensive to keep the accused in death row and then eventually executed, the family doesn’t necessarily feel happy that the criminal has been killed, and that it doesn’t help reduce crime rates. The arguments that both support the death penalty and condemn it are very good and logical; however, the arguments opposing the death penalty outweigh anything that may be used to justify it. The death penalty is extremely immoral in every way, as humans should not have the power to decide whether or not a person should be killed. The death penalty should be abolished because it can lead to the death of innocents, can be negatively affected by racism and other unfair circumstances, can become a huge expense, while failing to bring comfort or satisfaction to the family of the victim, and is not able to dissuade others from commiting crimes, thus causing the crime rate to remain the same as well. The most important reason for abolishing the death penalty is because of its immorality. The prevalent saying, “an eye for an eye makes the world go blind”, perfectly describes the situation that people on death row face. It is as if the higher ups of the justice system don’t want to go through the trouble of rehabilitating prisoners through a life time sentence of incarceration. There are many moral and viable options to re educate criminals committing heinous acts then to just have them put on death row. These people are not being allowed a second chance, as people don’t stay the same forever. If cared for and re educated properly, they have the opportunity to move past their old behavior. While they might never be allowed back into the world, they will have grown as people and changed into people with ethical values. Additionally, why should a small group of people have the power to sentence someone to death. It is the same thing as them playing god and choosing to kill the criminal, whether they have a good reason or not. Furthermore, the inmates are treated very poorly and are placed in an almost inhospitable area. According to an interview of death row inmate from Florida named Jim, he was asked what the living conditions were like and he answered by saying, “The concrete cell is 7 feet by 9 feet, dimly lit, with toilet, bed and sink. Steel mesh is welded to the bars so an inmate cannot reach through. There is no air conditioning and very little ventilation. Temperatures in summer reach 120 degrees and above.” ( Even more ridiculous, Jim also said “they were constantly isolated, unless they had a visitor, and were forced to remain in their cells everyday of every week”. Although these people may deserve to be in the cells for whatever wrong they did, it doesn’t mean that they should be treated like animals and be isolated even further. The conditions are horrible and it seems as if that everyday death row inmates suffer and their real execution is the release they finally get. Another important reason for ending the death penalty is because it doesn’t provide consolation to the family of the victim if the person is executed. Some families might feel that it dishonors the victim as the criminal did not repent for his crimes and was not made to go through anything to atone for his/her sins. They may also feel that all the execution does is spread more darkness and negativity as death is just answered with more death and the cycle continues to repeat itself. According to a family member of a victim of mass shooting, whose perpetrator was sent to death row, she did not want the criminal executed. This is shown through the quote, “I wanted that man to pay for his crimes. Even to suffer. But I thought — and still think — that a life term in prison without parole is as close to justice as I would ever get.” (  This shows that she just wanted the man to learn his lesson the hard way, without death, and to make him reflect on his actions.