The Death of Capital Punishment

A proposal to halt the death penalty for two years, due to inconsistencies, has become a nation-wide argument that Sam Houston State has a large voice in.AbdAllah Muhhammad-Bey, the SGA senator who proposed a resolution that student leaders support the moratorium on the death penalty, said that there is a concern that the penalty is consistently given in larger numbers to the minorites and to poor inmates.The resolution was vetoed by SGA President Amanda Kimbrell, who was not available for comment. Through the efforts of the resolution, Sam Houston State joined the ranks of the local and state legislatures in trying to pass the moratorium.According to Muhhammad-Bey, the SGA senators voted in favor of supporting the bill and are upset by the veto. Bey suspects that Kimbrell was influenced by the administration to make the veto.Criminal Justice professor Dr. Sam Souryal said that although he favors the moratorium he can also see both sides of the argument “I do not have 100 percent opininion on this issue but I dont believe that as a civilized society we should be able to control criminals behavior without killing them.”He said the death penalty excludes the possibilty of an inmate being rehabilitated. “Everyone is rehabiliatable.”Souryal said he can see the opposing argument as well, which is supported by the Bible. “The scripture that many refer to is an eye for an eye…”He also adds that many people feel that crime in America is deterred by capital punishment. “Literature shows that it is not,” he said.Students such as Shenita Bazy support the moratorium. “The criminal justice system has a lot of gliches. We need to have at least a two year break in order to revaluate the system for defects.”Bazy said that one of the reasons she majored in criminal justice was to stop the corruption and inbalance in the justice system.”Most of the inmantes who are executed are low income and are minority. This is not fair.”Shereka Boykin said she feels the moratorium will gaurd against mentally ill persons being executed. “It is also about the money,” she said. “If you have enough money for a good lawyer and DNA testing then you have a good chance of getting off.” “I feel that you must pay in the same way that you committed the crime,” said freshman Ivanette Lofton. “The moratorium will only allow the guilty to live longer,” she said.Muhhammad-Bey argues that money is the reason why they call it “capital” punishment. He says amongst other inconsistencies, if you dont have the money then you get exectued.Before the moratorium is passed, two -thirds of the Texas house and senate must pass the bill as well. Voters will cast their ballots in November.

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