Capitol of the State of Texas

Capitol of the State of Texas

Thursday, July 26

A Decline in Capital Punishment

First of all, I find it horrifying that the 'deadliest' county in the nation lies here, in our great state of Texas. The county has put condemned more inmates to the death penalty than any other county in the United States. 1/3 of all criminals on death row in Texas are from Harris county.

However, the future outlook is improving as the rate has declined tremeandously. I am extremely happy about this. I am of the firm opinion that the death penalty gives murderers and rapists an easy way out. Instead of being forced to spend their entire life pondering their ill doings, they are allowed to spend only a fraction of that time in confinement. This argument depends on what one religiously feels about the fate of the human soul after death. In my opinion, there is no god and subsequently no after life. The only punishment a death row member will have is in their time on earth. More religious people have a greater tendancy to support capital punishment as they believe the soul of the criminal is sent to an untimely demise under gods wrath. It seems difficult to support this view when there is no proof.

Ultimately, the decline in the passing out of death penalties (across the nation) to murderers is a tremeandous victory. We can only hope that this trend continues and only those who deserve an amount of mercy are given the priviledge of death.

Friday, July 20

Unfair Power of the Death Penalty

In this blog, the author explains how an innocent man is being sent to jail for being a 'conspirator' in a murder despite the fact that he had no control over or consent to the murder.

The death penalty in Texas is a long time debate. Not only is the debate over wether or not we should allow the extreme type of punishment in our state at all, but also who should be sent to death road. This is one example showing the extremeties of our current system. Innocent people are still being sent to the death chair. Until we can streamline the system and ensure that only deserving criminals are killed, capital punishment should be suspended. However, the great deal of support (particularly from conservatives) for the sentance does not allow the system a chance to be altered.

This also goes hand in hand with the 'fixing' of our constitution. The death penalty has a direct correlation to Texas's constitution as well as its aditional ammendment.