Deseret News
Letter to the Editor

The death penalty should be abolished completely in the states. All humans, including criminals, have the right to life. The death penalty is also not very favorable for us law-abiding, tax-paying citizens. It is very expensive. Also, the death penalty does not deter crime whatsoever. The criminal is probably going to do the crime no matter what. The death penalty is a violation of the 14th Amendment, which states that “any State (should not) deprive any person of life, liberty, or property.” The death penalty does just that by taking the life of the criminals. The death penalty is very expensive for the states and their tax-paying citizens. Studies have been done stating that taxpayers in Maryland have paid at least $37.2 million for every five executions. In Texas, the death penalty costs about three times more than keeping the inmate in their cell. Most criminals that have done a vicious act don't think of the consequences beforehand. The death penalty should be abolished completely from the United States.

Maile Richardson

St. George