Capital punishment is creating controversy

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Samantha Jackson
Friday, June 11, 2010

The United States and the European Union are world powers that must remain close. The EU and the U.S. share many values, so it’s difficult to find a disagreement between them; however, when a disagreement arises, the public notices.

In order to become a member of the EU, a country must abolish capital punishment. The EU looks down on countries like “China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the U.S. who still have capital punishment within their system. Is that a good group of countries to be with?” stated Nick Siegel with the Atlantic Council.

South Africa, Argentina, Mexico and Costa Rica have abolished capital punishment. Even some Third World countries have abolished capital punishment; it’s the trend to let the accused serve time in jail rather than put them to death. Did you know it costs the government more to kill a man than it does to let him serve a life sentence in jail?

While in Washington, D.C., I received various views on this topic. Some stated that the EU wasn’t persuading the U.S.; others said they were. Overall, the EU states their beliefs, but “they cannot demand anything of the U.S.” and risk losing such a close relationship, stated Seppo Nurmi of the European Union Embassy.

How sure can we be that each of these men and women is 100 percent guilty? There have been cases where there is no question the crime was committed, but in some cases that could be argued otherwise.

It may have been the case to punish in the form of an eye for an eye, but I believe that capital punishment should be outlawed from the civilized U.S. It is a crime to kill. The accused do not deserve the pleasure of easy deaths; they need to serve their time.

Samantha Jackson wrote this as part of Washington Seminar at Janesville Parker High School.

Last updated: 2:06 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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