Texas death penalty a joke as a deterrant

 Govenor Rick Perry declares  Texas must be hard on crime, thus the highest execution rate of any state in the United States. This statistic includes the execution of "Cameron Todd Willingham," found later to be innocent. Perry says it is a deterrant to others commiting crimes. Gov. Perry and the idea of the death penalty as a deterrant is a joke. Below are some headlines from the "Dallas Morning News." They prove that as a deterrant the death penalty is useless.

1. NorthEast Dallas - Man admits to role in fatal shooting at Oak Cliff apt. complex

2. Jefferson Josue Medina-Diaz and Richard garrett Hughes , held in slaying of Allen cricket player

3.Man charged in crash also receives additional prison time for 2008 crash that killed two newlyweds. he faces two murder charges and 6 aggravated assualt charges.

4.Mother faces charges in child's death in hot car charges.

5. Mother faces charges in diappearance of 5 year old and selling child for prostitution, and the childs death.

6. Boyfriend charged with death of toddler while mother at work.

Need  I say more?

The death penalty does not deter crime in Texas. It scares no one and crime rates keep rising. These headlines are from one day. Do the math and figure out how many occur during a week, a month, a year. Yet we keep executing people. Our prisons and jails are overflowing. We are paying other states to house our inmates. Our death chamber runs at a rate of about three persons a week.

We must find another option to the rising crime in our communities. The fact that the death penalty leaves an impression on no one and the proven facts of the innocence of an executed man, are sufficent to ask that Texas stop the death penalty until further review and request the resignation of Govenor Rick Perry.

We are impressing no one by executing so many. The saying "things are bigger in Texas" also refers to the idiots that take a mans life using the argument of deterrance when in all reality it is only a bloodlust for vengence.

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Angela Blair 6 years ago from Central Texas

Enjoyed your great article! I've also often thought the word "correct" in corrections is a term open to conjecture. How does one go about "correcting" the habit of molesting and murdering children, which is becoming more prevalent daily? There'll always be those among us who at best, can only live on the fringes of society. Perhaps the better question is will we welcome that person as our next door neighbor thus puting our own children in jeopardy? It takes real soul searching to come up with a definitive answer in relation to respecting the rights of criminals, murderers and thieves.


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christalluna1124 6 years ago from Dallas Texas Author

Thanks for all the feedback. I appreciate all of you. I don't know all the answers to the death penalty situation yet and as I have said before I realize there are circumsatnces where it may truly be the only answer. I just wonder what happened to the word "correct" in corrections.

Warmest regards, christal


Jawa Lunk 6 years ago

I agree the death penalty does not deter criminals...but I am still in favor of it, especially when the crimes involve women and children. Because in those cases, it deters the offender from ever having the opportunity to offend again.

i understand that there are sometimes innocent people put to death, but to use that as a means to show that the death penalty itself should be done away with is like the person who says, "There was this guy one time that got in a car wreck, and if he would have had his seat belt on, he would be dead. So lets do away with seat belts."

We are far from perfect in this country, but I wouldn't trade this justice system for any other.

I wish we had no need for corrections at all...but we have to wait until the end of the story for that time to come.


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Benjimester 6 years ago from San Diego, California

I agree. Capital punishment as a deterrent isn't a very effective system. And I still haven't figured out an answer to how to face the fact that sometimes innocent people are put to death. I'm still chewing on that idea :) Thanks for the good hub!


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Benjimester 6 years ago from San Diego, California

I agree. Capital punishment as a deterrent isn't a very effective system. And I still haven't figured out an answer to how to face the fact that sometimes innocent people are put to death. I'm still chewing on that idea :) Thanks for the good hub!


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barryrutherford 6 years ago from Queensland Australia

Hi It would be great if you would provide a source on the damming statistics for the Death Penalty in America. I would be very interested.


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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

Well said. I do not know the answer but executing those who are not guilty is not the right way.

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