Corporal Punishment and Capital Punishment

Corporal punishment is the act of chastising a person who has committed a punishable act. On one end of the spectrum, you have the death penalty. On the other, you have spanking your children. In between those two vastly different things, you have things like mutilation, torture, flogging, caning, ect.

Trying to pick a side on this controversial subject is like trying to decide on whether to order a salad or french fries at a restaurant. For some, it’s incredibly easy. For others, it’s more difficult. I’m the one that can’t ever decide between fries or salad. I will never be able to say yes or no to corporal punishment because there are so many different parts of it, so I’ll start from one end of the spectrum to the other and tell you what side I’m on.

Spanking your children: Most definitely. The knowledge of language isn’t something you’re born with, you have to learn it. I know, duh. But children won’t know the word no isn’t something bad without some sort of punishment to go with it. Now, that said, I don’t think it’s appropriate to spank children with anything except a hand and not to do it more than three times. That was my mother’s rule in my house and I couldn’t agree with it more.

I half agree with corporal punishment when it comes to terrorist groups such as Al Queda and ISIS. I used to be all for torturing terrorists in the past until water boarding came along. One only has so many fingers. Water boarding only makes a person feel like they’re drowning, but it doesn’t actually harm the person, which is great for information.

I never agreed with flogging and that kind of aspect of corporal punishment. Flogging wasn’t banned in South Africa until 1995 compared to America which put a stop to that in the 1800s. I’ve always felt that it was an aspect of a totalitarian government to make an example of the people that rebelled. It was used to humiliate and to hurt, not really to teach a lesson to one person, but to teach a lesson to all.

On the subject of the death penalty, I do not agree. If they have done something worthy of the death penalty, then death is too easy for them. Prison life is horrible. The average amount of time between going to jail and the first sexual assault is two weeks. Two weeks. The food is awful. Everyday, prisoners have to watch their backs because they don’t know who is going to shank them with a toothbrush when they aren’t looking. That ideal is what makes me disagree on the death penalty.

American prisons are much worse than prisons in other countries. In some other countries, they try their best to rehabilitate the prisoners so they’ll be more successful when they get out. They try to teach them skills as well as give them jobs doing community service that they get paid for, so they aren’t entirely broke when they get out. If American prisons were like that, then I absolutely would agree with the death penalty on some people.

The other thing that makes me even more against the death penalty is how much it costs. Using my home state of Indiana, the cost for someone to be put to death is ten times more than to sentence someone to a life in prison without the possibility of parole. It costs $42,658 for a life in prison without the possibility of parole sentence. It costs $449,887 to put someone to death.

Now, I looked into why it is so expensive and I found a case by Jack D’Aurora. He is part of the Columbus Dispatch and did a study as to why it was so expensive. Because there is more time involved in deciding the death penalty because someone’s life is at stake, everyone apart of it needs to be paid more. The list of people in deciding the death penalty that we have to pay are: three assistant attorneys general, three attorneys for the inmate, the prison warden, the director of the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, counsel and other officials from the department, the judge and his two law clerks.

D’Aurora also concluded that it was an average of 21 years from sentencing to lethal injection. So, not only are we paying extra for personnel time, but also 21 years of utilities and food for one inmate. After doing this study, D’Aurora said, “Life sentences without parole would serve us much better, but we are fixated on a process that drains government resources.”

We could pay so much less money from tax payer’s money if we just sent people to life without parole. What concerns me plenty on the matter of the death penalty is there are many people who were sentenced to die, then years later, a new technology comes out and they’re proven innocent. You can let someone out of prison any day, but you can’t bring someone back from the dead.

Like I said, Corporal Punishment as so many different perspectives. I’d find it hard for a person to be completely for it or completely against it.

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