MY GOAL: My goal in this project is to give people the information about the cost of how much it is to keep a prisoner alive until he dies and jail and the risks of it vs executing them after a set span of time where there was a fair trial for the felon. I feel that the death penalty should be legalized for any person who committed a first degree murder. A first degree murder is killing someone with having the intent to do it

DEATH PENALTY: I feel like the death penalty should be legal. If people get put into jail for 150 years (which is the maximum sentence in New York) they are gonna die in jail anyways. Also the tax payers are the one keeping them alive putting a roof over their head, giving them 3 meal a day, and top medical care in some jails to keep them alive longer. If I had a family member who was murdered, I wouldn't want my tax dollars going to the jail to keep that person alive. High priority criminals are going to be fine in jail they are the ones that leads the gangs and start up the riots which could lead to prisoners deaths and escaping which could just cause more problems trying to make the jails safe. If the death penalty was in play don't you think that people wouldn't commit as many crimes if they knew there life was on the line?

Should the tax be responsible for keeping a high priority criminal alive. That is how the current system work, tax payer paying to keep give the prisoners 3 meals a day, a bed to sleep in every night, and free health care. This doesn't seem right that the people who. Also if a person is executed then it completely eliminates the risk that a criminal would ever escape and harm anyone else again is taken away. Another thing is if we are executing people then our jails wouldn't be as crowded. Jails would be less over populated which might reduce the rate of fights in prisons.But wouldn't a life in prison be a worse punishment then just executing them? Yes a life in prison who most likely be worst then just being executed. Also if you kill a high priority criminal what does that really do, It doesn't bring the people he killed back to life, and it doesn't heal the people that they might have harmed in the past. Also by killing this person how are you any better then the person you are executing. If they killed someone, your doing the same thing so wouldn't that make you a criminal as well? and even though it might give closure to the family of the harmed victim family and friends you are harming the family of the criminals family and friends.
Why are the common American paying for criminals, is that right? But is it right to execute a man who might have a wife and kids on the outside? The death penalty should be put into play, there are situations where a person should not be executed though but if a person is murderer had the intention to kill a person I fell that we should use the method "an eye for and eye".

  • 35 states in the united states allow the death penalty
  • 15 states in the united states do not allow the death penalty
  • 76% of people who were executed from a case were White
  • 15% of people who were executed from a case were Black
  • 6% of people who were executed from a case were Hispanic
  • 48% of criminals prefer life without parole
  • 47% of criminals prefer the death penalty
  • 1052 of the executions made to criminals were by lethal injection
  • 157 of the executions where by electrocution
  • 11 of the executions were by gas chanber
  • 3 of the executions were made by hanging
  • 3 of the executions were by a firing squad

There are 3 different types of murders, first degree, second degree, and felony murder. First degree murder is the most serious, this is when the murderer had an to kill and he had a set out plan to kill a person. For example if a guys business was starting to fall behind due to a new and better business, if the owner went out, got a gun and killed the owner that would be a case of first degree murder because he knew exactly what his plan was when he went out that day.
The second type of murder is a second degree murder. A second degree murder is when somebody kills another person but it was not pre-meditated. An example of this would be if 2 guys were at a bar and one man angered the other and the man took a pocket knife he had and stabbed him and that man died. This is second degree because the man who stabbed the other man didn't go out with the intent to kill anybody he just got caught up in the heat of the moment.
The third type of murder is a felony murder. A felony murder is a murder that happens during the act of a crime.even if it isn't the criminals fault that the person died. For example if 2 guys go into rob a bank and a women gets scared and runs and falls down a set of stairs and dies. The people who committed the crime would be charged for felony murder because that person still died because those people were committing a crime.

  • The average cost of the death penalty today would be about $137 million per year
  • The cost of the present system with reforms recommended by the Commission to ensure a fair process would be $232.7 million per year.
  • The average cost of keeping a person in jail with a maximum penalty instead of the death penalty is $11.5 millions a year
  • The federal court system spends approximately $12 million on defending death row inmates in federal court.
  • California taxpayers pay at least $117 million each year post-trial seeking execution of the people currently on death row;
  • It costs approximately $90,000 more a year to house an inmate on death row, than in the general prison population or $57.5 million annually.
Money is defiantly a big part of this debate. If it costs more to execute the inmates then to just keep them in jail then why are some states doing it. I feel that you need to look at a persons age because if you get a person who is 20 gets sentenced to life in jail is could be in jail for about 60 to 70 years.If he is in there for that long that he is going to cost the tax payers a lot of money because he is so young. But a person who might be like 60 years old they would only live about 25 to 30 more years. I feel like we need to figure out a fair way to determine a fair way on who to execute and who to just keep in jail that will be best for the economy. I feel based on the age of the criminal and the crime they committed we should be able to determine and fair way to do that.



Alabama - Intentional murder with 18 aggravating factors
Arizona - First-degree murder accompanied by at least 1 of 14 aggravating factors
Arkansas - Capital murder with a finding of at least 1 of 10 aggravating circumstances; treason.
California - First-degree murder with special circumstances; sabotage; train wrecking causing death; treason; perjury causing execution of an innocent person; fatal assault by a prisoner serving a life sentence.
Colorado - First-degree murder with at least 1 of 17 aggravating factors; first-degree kidnapping resulting in death; treason.
Connecticut - Capital felony with 8 forms of aggravated homicide
Delaware - First-degree murder with at least 1 statutory aggravating circumstance
Florida - First-degree murder; felony murder; capital drug trafficking; capital sexual battery.
Georgia - Murder; kidnapping with bodily injury or ransom when the victim dies; aircraft hijacking; treason.
Idaho - First-degree murder with aggravating factors; first-degree kidnapping; perjury resulting in death.
Illinois - First-degree murder with 1 of 21 aggravating circumstances
Indiana - Murder with 16 aggravating circumstances
Kansas - Capital murder with 8 aggravating circumstances
Kentucky - Murder with aggravating factors; kidnapping with aggravating factors
Louisiana - First-degree murder; treason
Maryland - First-degree murder, either premeditated or during the commission of a felony, provided that certain death eligibility requirements are satisfied.

Every state has their own requirements of what deserves the death penalty and what doesn't. Most likely in a state where the death penalty is legal any type of first degree murder will result in the death penalty. Or if you go out with any kind of intent to harm any other human being.

Son of Sam's Killer
David Berkowitz was the Son of Sam's killer. David admitted to killing 6 people in New York in the late 1970's, He was given a life sentence and he was help at Sullivan Prison. David often times got into a lot of fights, one which included 65 stitches to his throat he was transferd to be housed at Attica in 1979. Over time David found himself to convert to Chirstianity and started keeping a journel while he was in prison. In 2002 David Berkowitz was given a chance for parole and he declined it. Berkowitz said that, "I deserve to be in prison for the rest of my life. I can accept that."
David Berkowitz knew exactly what he did and knew that he needed to fance the consequences. As Govenor Pataki was trying to keep Berkowitz from getting parole Bekowitz said, "I agree with him that I do not deserve parole, neither am I trying to obtain it."
This case is an example that shows both sides of why you should have killed him and why you should keep him a live. Berkowitz killed 6 people and went to jail. In jail all he did was create more problems by getting involved in and starting fights among the inmates. After he had some tough times in jail Berkowitz turn to the life of Christianity. In this case I would have executed the man because he caused a lot of problems which resulted in injuries to himself and other inmates and he had to be put in a high security area of the prison which takes more guards to be on duty.

Ways They are Executed
  • One way which a person is executed is by lethal injection. There are 3 parts to executing by lethal injection, one is they take a shot of Sodium thiopental, this shot puts the person to sleep. After that they get a shot of Pancuronium bromide which paralysis the persons muscles. And finally they get a shot of Potassium chloride which makes the heart stop pumping blood so the person dies.
  • The electric chair is the execution style that most people probably think of. the way the electric chair works is the prisoner is shaved and strpped into a chair and fitted with electrodes whch is attatched to a sponge on the persons head, one on the leg, and one on the hand. Once the prisoner is all hooked up the prisoner has a hood put over his head. Once everything is in its place the executioner pulls the switch which releases 2,000 volts through the persons body. When this procedure is done correctly once the swicth is flipped it results in unconsciousness followed quickly after by death.