posted on Nov, 25 2005 @ 05:22 AM
With the readying of the death chamber for Americas 1000th victim (do they deserve to be called victims ?, im not sure.) since 1977 again maybe we
should take a look at the death penalty and its efficiency as a deterent.
Albert pierpoint was the gueens hangman in England and Ireland for more than 20 years and his son followed in his shoes, but after retiring, he became
a fierce OPPONENT of the death penalty, stating that -
"In all the years i have had as executioner, i am deeply convinced that the death penalty never detered anyone from commiting murder".
The words of a man who, after taking so many lives in the name of justice , found that he was really wasting his time and the fear of death REALLY
WASNT A DETERENT.
Since 1983 the bill for the tax payer in New Jersey has risen to 253 million dollars on state executions..so much money on a deterent that doesnt work
- is it worth it ?
A 1993 Duke university study showed that a death penalty trial cost on average 2.16 million dollars more than a conventional trail and that executions
are 3 to 6 times more costly than life imprisonment and
the state of New mexico stated it would save between 1 and 2.5 million dollars yearly if the death sentance was replaced with an alternative.
Since its reinstatment in 1976 the United States is the only western country to have and use the death sentance.
Do the cases like that of Derek bently, (hanged in England in 1953 for his part in the murder of a policeman by his 16 year old accomplice who was too
young to hang so Bently, who was 19 , hung in his place even thiugh he didnt pull the trigger) and his subsequent pardon in 1998 tell us
Even though all the evidence in the case pointed to his innocence the crown and more importantly the wife of the the dead police officer wanted blood,
revenge, and with the execution of an innocent man, who had the mental age of 11, it served to feed the anger and need for vengance of a nation.
45 years later he was pardoned postumostly- a little late dont you think ?
Since 1973, 117 people have been freed from death row after evidence was found to free them..6 such cases happened in 2004.
The causes are always the same, police misconducted, unreliable witnessess, inadequate defence, evidence etc..
59 people where executed in 2004, and there are currently more than 3400 awaiting the death penalty as of January 2005.
We have to ask, before the discovery of DNA, how many innocent men and women went to the chair or the lethal injection or the rope and where innocent
Therefore i ask you - in a country that has an average of 16.137 murders a year, does the death penalty serve justice or does it serve the human need
for revenge as clearly it DOES NOT SERVE as a deterent in any way, shape or form.