Controversies surrounding death penalty have elucidated various reactions from different quarters for or against it. Those that support the death penalty argue that it has higher rewards compared to other methods of punishment for grand offenses like sexual assault, robbery with violence or even murder. The reason death penalty is an incredible alternative is because it is less costly, it is legal, provides justice for the family of victims and serves as a deterrent for other individuals who would be considering engaging in similar unlawful activities. This paper will offer a detailed explanation why the death penalty is a better alternative to punishing crime in the US.
The capital punishment is ideal since it maintains law and order and it is within the law, and there are enough measures put across to ensure innocent suspects are not subjected to the death penalty. The argument by opponents of the death penalty that it may lead to the death of innocent lives without a possibility of reversal of the case since the person is dead is inaccurate. The United States Criminal Justice system incorporates modern methods of verification and ensuring that the suspect committed the crime. Tung et al. (755) suggest that DNA testing is a significant method that eliminates any uncertainties regarding a person’s guilt or innocence. Since the court is well-informed that death penalty is irrevocable, they consider all the legal requirements and seek all the evidence before subjecting the criminal to capital punishment. Additionally, these same opponents attempt to justify their stand by suggesting that death penalty is inhuman citing the 8th amendment of the US laws. However, based on the legality of the death penalty, it is less painful and humane particularly when lethal injection is used. An alternative punishment to such criminal activities would be a very high amount of money that is against the 8th Amendment making capital punishment the best option.
Additionally, capital punishment is a better alternative given that it is cheaper to the state compared to life imprisonment. Keeping a person in the already overcrowded prisons is expensive given that the government is supposed to take care of their health needs, food and shelter need for as long as they are in jail (Bindler and Hjalmarsson 2017). This situation means more expenditure of the taxpayers’ money by a criminal who is not even contributing to the wellbeing of the economy of the US. This liability would be lifted through a lethal injection in the death penalty and direct those human and financial resources in the development of US and providing social amenities and basic needs to those who need them. Also, the prisons would be used by individuals serving short jail terms such that high-quality services would be possible. Currently, congestion in prisons is a key problem facing the criminal justice in the US, and that would reduce significantly with more utilization of death penalty (Lara-Millán 867). Additionally, the courtrooms are also crowded making the court cases take longer than they should. In the death of high-end criminals, the court space and time would be utilized by those who need such services.
The death penalty is a manifestation of the justice of the legal system of the United States making a vital statement to potential criminals and the families of the victims of crime. A family will doubt the credibility and justice of the court, for example when a murderer of their loved ones suffers less than the crime he/she committed. However, when such criminal is put to death, the family feels they have received justice, and that assists in the grieving process as opposed to other forms of punishment. Additionally, the court gains its credibility, and this fairness deters potential criminals from engaging in crime since they will know that it would be impossible to escape scot-free and death would be probable. In capital punishments, US citizens will feel safe, and there would be an increased possibility of reduction of crime in future. Imprisonment, for instance, is not enough for a criminal whose existence poses a threat to the lives of other people since the criminal can escape from the prison to cause even greater harm in revenge. Nonetheless, in the death penalty, such a possibility is eliminated for other. Any other punishment of dangerous criminals would be an indirect way of the court encouraging crime and incompetence in failing to avenge speedily for the victims, and that makes people abhor restorative justice as Zehr (1) suggests. Apparently, potential criminals will engage in income generating activities that will boost their revenue as a means to safeguard their lives as indicated by Chalfin and McCrary (6). Such positive deterrent of crime is only possible in death penalties and encourages economic growth that would not be realized in other forms of punishments.
In conclusion, the death penalty is a good alternative since it will provide a solution to the congested US cells and courts and is cheaper than life imprisonment. Additionally, it is within the law and does contravene the 8th Amendment of the constitution, but it affirms it. Finally, the death penalty is a statement of justice and credibility of the judicial system in avenging the criminals and providing justice for the victims. Such fair court proceedings will result in crime reduction and improvement in the economy through income generation activities by prospective criminals thus enhancing the economy of the US. With such reasons, it is evident that capital punishment should be pursued more.