The Need for Capital PunishmentENGLISH SPEECHImagine yourself in a room, 12 feet long by 6 feet wide. You’re sittingon a metal bed bolted to the floor with a thin foam cushion. The only otherthings in the room are a table and a chair, a sink and a toilet. There is nowindow, only a small faint light on the ceiling. You spend all of your time inthis room, you have no choice. This is your dining room, your den, your bedroomand your bathroom. You are allowed to read and write letters in this room. Youcannot entertain guests in this room, you must go somewhere else for that, in aroom with a mesh screen for you to sit behind, where you are constantly watchedover. Even though this is your bathroom, it has no shower stall or bathtub, butonce a week you are allowed to leave this room to take a shower. Your days arespent inside this room reading, thinking and worrying. You aren’t in anyordinary room, you’re in a cell on death row. A cell reserved for people whowere sentenced to death for committing a crime. Death could be by firing squad,lethel injection, the gas chamber or electric chair. Chances are you’ve been inthis room for many years and will be for many more. Your lawyers have began thelenghthly appeal process. Once all the appeals have failed, it soon is time,and you will be moved to a holding cell. There you will be offered your finalmean, of your choice. Your last visitors arrive, first your lawyer, your familymembers and at last a preist who prays with you. You take your final glancearound the room, as you are lead to another room close by, the execution room.
A few prison officials are present to witness your execution. In a matter ofmoments it’s over.
You could have been Gary Gilmore, Ted Bundy or Charles Brooks, allfamous serial killers. Maybe you were the first women to die by lethelinjection, Marcie Barfield, or the first women to die by the electric chair,Martha Place. Whoever it was well deserved this punishment, in fact, somereadily accepted it in comparison to spending the rest of their lives in a jailcell, but many people who did deserve the death penalty did not recieve it.
In August 1969, seven people died at the hands of a serial killerincluding eight month pregnant acress Sharon Tate. This was the result of abloody rampage by Charles Manson. Manson, who believes he is the reincarnate ofgod, is elible for parole this April.
Between 1976 ; 1977 David Berkowitz terrorized New York City killing 6woman and wounding 7 more. Berkowitz, A.K.A Son of Sam, a mail man, took theorders to kill from his dog Sam, and is now serving 25 years to life in jail.
Between 1978 and 1991 Jeffrey Dahmer murdered and raped the dead bodiesof 15 young men, cutting of their body parts and storing them in serveralplaces.
When the police raided his house the found a human head in the fridge, 3 headsin the freezer, a human heart in the refridgerator freezer compartment, a bluebarrel jammed with body parts and bones, 2 skulls in a computer packaging box, 3skulls and some bones in a filing cobinet, 2 skulls in a kettle and a penis andsome hands in another kettle.
These criminals and many others are sitting in a jail cell. These sickpsychotic people who took the lives of others get the luxery of cable T.V. Theyare permitted 15 magazines, 25 books, 4 newspapers, 15 personal letters and abible. They are allowed to participate in weightlifting, leather work andlearning to use an IBM computer. They can also study to get a University degree,all using public tax money. They are allowed to smoke. God help us that aSadomistic, Necro philliac should have to go through nicotine withdrwel. Manyof these men, like Charles Manson, are eligible for parole after 20 years. Whathappened to an eye for an eye?Then there’s the other side of the story. Who are we to kill murderers?Doesn’t that make us just as bad as them? Aren’t we still breaking one of thecommandments? Isin’t years of being locked up torture enough?In 1992 Jeffrey Dahmer was sentenced to 1050 years in prison, but didn’tget to serve his