Would you believe me if I told you that as of February 4th, 2015, 1,276 prisoners have been executed in the state of Texas? That number includes 9 women as well. Texas executes more death row inmates than any other state in the United States. While many prisoners face life in prison some get sentenced to the death penalty by lethal injection for crimes such as capital murder, kidnapping, and/or rape. The average time that inmates spend on death row is getting longer through the years. As of now, the average time that a death row inmate will spend behind bars before their execution can range anywhere between 74 to 190 months.
The death penalty has been a controversial topic for many years now. Proponents feel that the death penalty is a way of preserving the law, lowering crime rates, and saving money because of the fact it is cheaper than life imprisonment. While many feel that death row is very well needed in Texas, others strongly oppose it.
People that advocate against the Death Penalty feel that life in prison is more of a punishment than lethal injection. They also believe that sending someone to death row has no effect on crime rates while making the government believe that they have the right to take a human life. These opponents also feel that the government targets people who cannot afford an attorney, and use that to their advantage in knowing that they cannot afford someone to defend them against the death penalty.
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