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.