sarahi Colorado

Taken for Granted

Death Penalty issue

Dear Madame/Mr. President:

In the U.S there are not many things one doesn’t pay attention to. One lives life to what is best for us and our surroundings , but we don’t take any time to realize what's really affecting us in many ways. When noticing these issues takes place , it allows for change not only to an individual but also lives worldwide. One may know the issues we have in our country , but we are to scared to stand alone and fight for what we think is wrong. I believe Death Penalty should be reviewed and reevaluated nationwide. It should not be legal everywhere, because it's applied at random and innocent lives are affected. This matters because death shouldn't be a punishment. There should be a plan to help them repair their lives.

Having Death Penalty in some states like North Dakota , could spread everywhere, which can affect  us as a society. We shouldn't have deaths known as just a number since there are people dying every second. The issue is just as bad as murder. In 2005, 33% of white victims and 77% black men were killed. This suggests death penalty is racially biased, and there isn’t equality. Being united is much better for our community than always being at war with each other all the time.

Having the death penalty according to Oregonian, three cases in 1995 had a total cost of more than $1 million which is more than a life in prison. One of them was sent to death and the other two were guilty of murder, but weren't put to death. We shouldn’t spend too much money trying to kill someone and get them out of the world for it to be a safe place. With that money we could do much more. We can use that money for rehab and therapists. We shouldn’t get revenge on them by killing them. In some cases they close the case too early then later find out the person that was put to death had nothing to do with the case. This matters because a person shouldn’t decide if a person lives or dies. Should anyone really have the actual power to tell someone that they have to die?

A way we can turn this issue over is by getting criminals help, not only the people being convicted , but those who are making that decision. With this change death rates will decrease. We can making prison a better place such as better food and beds for example. We are all humans, we have the same feelings. No one is different and we should be treated equally and not like animals. No one is perfect; we all make mistakes. We learn from them and change if we have patience.  We shouldn't take the easy way out. Some may think that it’s best to kill someone that has done harm to many people, but is it a really good choice? It shouldn’t make us feel any better.  If  one of our loved one was in that position, we wouldn't want them being killed. We should think before doing these types of things as in what difference it makes and what death penalty makes our society look like.



Wheat Ridge HS

Composition for the College Bound English

Twelfth graders in Colorado

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