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Ryan Martinez

English 12 (B) 3
Mr. Gross
14 May 2015

Death Penalty in the United States

Many different criminals are charged every day for different things. Each criminal
commits different crimes, and therefore are charged for different extents of criminal sentences.
The death penalty should be allowed in each of the fifty states in the United States. It would
reduce the amount of criminals and it would help with law enforcement. Placing the death
penalty would also serve responsibility towards criminals actions and make it so that they have
to pay for what they have done. Putting the death penalty into action would also reduce the risk
of heinous crimes being committed. Recently, in the case of Jodi Arias versus The State of
Arizona; Jodi Arias stabbed multiple wounds to Travis Alexander and shot him in the head once
after nearly severing Travis head from his neck. All of this was caused from jealousy, hatred,
and manipulative controlling of Jodi. In this case, Jodi was sent to a correctional facility until
her trial. In cases like these, it should be mandatory that these kinds of criminals be automatically
sentenced to death. The death penalty would keep criminals such as Jodi Arias away from the
public. People such as Ms. Arias, stalker, obsessive- like people being put on death penalty
would keep it so that they cannot harm anybody.
Death penalty is the legal process of executing a convicted person as punishment for
capital offences (Pros and Cons1). Executing the death penalty and making it legal in every

state would reduce the risk of somebody committing a heinous crime. Granted, people are going
to commit heinous crimes and the death penalty is not going to stop it, but, the death penalty is
going to be the most that the government can do to make sure that there is a consequence for the
criminal for committing the heinous crime. In the United States, crimes considered eligible for
the death penalty varies by state. Crimes that can result in a death penalty are known as capital
crimes or capital offences. Capital murder and first degree murders are considered capital
crimes/offenses. If somebody commits a capital crime, no matter what state it happens in, that
person should be at fault for the crime that was committed. By putting the death penalty in order,
this is going to help put criminals at fault and to take responsibility for what they have
committed.
The death penalty has acted as a deterrent to crime for many years ("Apecsec.org."1).
Extremely brutal crimes, such as murder, needs to be handled with a strong hand so that other
people do not feel that they can get away with it. Somebody that murders someone is obviously
dangerous, so it is in the courts order to make sure that that person is put away from the rest of
society. If not, those people are going to think that they are getting away with the crimes that
they are committing and are going to keep committing these crimes. With the death penalty in
order, someone committing a murder and being sentenced to death will serve the criminal with
the responsibility of what has been committed. The death penalty has served a great way to ease
the pain of loss for the victims families. It has become a way to honor victims, whose lives were
taken from them in the same way their murderers life will be taken from them. Without the
death penalty, this would take away the respect of the victims family. When a victim is
murdered or killed for no reason, that is like stabbing the family right in the back. If somebody
was murdered and the family was not made amends, it is a lack of respect and really immoral.

Being sentenced for the death penalty would be equivalent to the murderer taking that persons
life in the first place.
It is often believe that prison is a viable alternative to executing a person. Although prison
is an alternative option, in prison criminals are still committing crimes and hurting others. The
death penalty would make it so that the criminal does not hurt anybody or cause any pain to
anybody else ever again. The death penalty is a great punishment to reduce the risk of having
murders or any harsh and cruel crimes. Prison inmates are the ones who commit the crimes, and
usually it is the inmates that team up to hurt others. Even though some people would say that
sparing somebody life to rot away for what they have done, it is not helping the fact that they
hurt somebody and they are not paying for it. The death penalty would be a good consequential
punishment and it would help the law enforcement.
In conclusion, the death penalty being allowed in the United States would reduce the risk
of heinous crimes being committed and it would allow the government to get rid of the horrible
people. If somebody can take some innocent persons life, why not do the same? Death penalty
would serve the responsibility that the criminal should have to serve in the first place. By putting
the death penalty into place, it will allow the families of the victims to get their grievances and it
would give them the respect that they deserve. Also, by executing the death penalty, it would
create stability for society and would isolate the dangerous people from the innocent people.

Sources
"Pros & Cons: Death Penalty - The Pros & Cons." The Pros Cons. N.p., 17 June 2014.
Web. 14 May 2015.
"Apecsec.org." Apecsecorg. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 May 2015.