Dear Senator John Cornyn,
The death penalty has always been a very controversial issue. It has existed in the United States since the colonial times and since then, more than 13,000 people have been legally executed. To me, sentencing someone to death has always been a no-brainer. Even if one has done the most heinous of crimes that they still do not deserve death. It is not our job as citizens to condemn someone with a punishment as severe as death. Instead, they should be given time (depending on how harsh the crime) in solitary confinement, and through this they are more likely to “suffer” then sentencing them to death.
“Solitude vivifies; loneliness kills”-Joseph Roux. Solitude is temporary alone time to relax and enrich the mind. While isolation is a complete lack of contact between an individual and society; a kind of separation that is mentally and emotionally damaging to one’s state of mind. Isolation and loneliness for long periods of time can cause one to feel detached from life, allowing the mind to venture into depressing territory driving a person absolutely crazy. “We’ve know intuitively that loneliness hastens death. Loneliness sends misleading hormonal signals, that rejiggers the molecules on genes that govern behavior, and wrenches a slew of other systems out of whack. Proving that long-lasting loneliness not only makes you sick; it can kill you”.
With this in mind society has always used punishment to discourage criminals from unlawful action. Since society has the highest interest in preventing crime, death should not be used as the strongest punishment available to deter crime. It is constantly believed that if criminals are sentenced to death and executed, potential criminals will think twice before killing for fear of losing their own life, but this is false. The death penalty is ineffective and only perpetuates more killing in the name of justice.
However, senator just as you believe, it can also be said that the death penalty saves lives. There is a study from Emroy University which tracked crime rates by country and found that each execution done prevented 18 murders”. This prevention is due to people being fearful of their death and not wanting to die by whichever way the judge deemed reasonable. Many who agree with the death penalty believe it should be legal because it is moral, by not allowing criminals to roam the streets again, therefore preventing future crimes.
But your strong belief in the concept that the death penalty saves lives actually defeats its purpose; as the fear of death is used to counter the act of crime. The death penalty violates the rights and morals of human existence. It is more of a cruel punishment against a living being, as it defies all religious conventions, it is not the right of the states to play “God” and decide who should live and who should be executed. When the law chooses the path one is allowed to go in, it can be biased and or discriminatory.
Today, people are so eager to point the blame at the first person they believe is responsible, without having a substantial amount of evidence needed to send in someone to such a harsh punishment. Every criminal has their day in court where they go through legal processes and a jury of their peers decide their fate. For some people, justice is done when the person is convicted. For others it is when they’re gone from this earth, but that should not be the case. An eye for an eye. Never a life for a life.