The death penalty has been legal in a lot of places of the United States such as Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Arizona, California and Utah since 1608. The Bible says “every sin we commit should result in the death penalty because the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23), but is not really doing any good to the rest of the community, it is only increasing the rates of murder. The Death penalty is the punishment of execution given by the court of law to someone who has committed a very serious crime. For example, if someone committed a murder how are we proving what they did was wrong by taking their life? How are we proving that the murder was wrong by murdering the person? There are a lot of reasons to why death penalty should be illegal, such as spending a lot of money, putting innocent lives at risk, and the fact that death penalty is not decreasing the rates of murder and crime. According to my research, the death penalty system in Washington costs an average of one million dollars per case, which would be around $90,000 more than it would cost a general population prisoner per year. This is because the death penalty requires having judges, lawyers, and persons reviewing the cases for hours and hours since it’s about taking someone’s life. The cases can also take around twenty years from sentencing to the execution day and everyone involved in the reviewing of the case is being paid daily. People sentenced to the death penalty always have to be housed in administrative segregation which costs more per day since it has to be highly secured. According to “The Marshall Project” a website about criminal justice, a 2014 study out of Kansas reported that a death row prisoner costs forty nine thousand dollars to house per year, whereas a general population prisoner costs twenty four thousand dollars. There was a study made in california which announced that the cost of the death penalty in California was around four billion dollars in 1978 and it has been the same since. These studies examined both pre-trial and trial costs, costs of lawyers, costs of judges, and the captivity or imprisonment on death row. (Alarcón and Mitchell,2011.)Death penalty is also a way to put innocent lives in risk. In 1973, one person out of 982 who were executed should have never even been convicted, but when they figured out he was innocent, he was already executed, so there’s nothing really that can be done to solve this mistake and this has been happening since the death penalty was first used. Luckily, there is people who has been released from the death row when evidence of them being innocent is found. Since 1973, more than 155 people have been released from death row with evidence of their innocence. (Staff Report, House Judiciary Subcommittee on Civil & Constitutional Rights, 1993, with updates by DPIC). Damien Echols was one of the first people to be commuted. He was sentenced to death in 1993 for a triple murder, and after 18 years in prison he was finally released from jail after a woman began a campaign and helped him get the enough evidence to proof his innocence; if this had not happened he would’ve been killed and no one would have known he was not the one who killed the three kids. It is expected that murder and crime decreases because of the executions but, according to the N.C Department of Justice, the number of murder and crime has decreased throughout the years because of execution being stopped. Based on this fact, there is no argument that the death penalty actually helps to deteriorate murder and crime. Nationally, murder and crime numbers are extremely lower in places where the death penalty is legal. ”Whatever the factors are that affect change in homicide rates, they don’t seem to operate differently based on the presence or absence of the death penalty in a state.” said Steven Messner, a criminologist at the State University of New York at Albany, who reviewed the analysis that The New York Times made. There is a quote that says “why do we kill people who kill people to show people that killing people is wrong?” Which is basically saying that execution is not going to decrease murder and crimes, and that is not going to do anything but kill more people. The New York Times made a survey which revealed that the rates of homicide are lower in states without the death penalty than the ones with the death penalty. Another report by the New York Times says that ten out of twelve states that don’t have the death penalty, have homicide rates below the national average, and most of the states that have death penalty, also have the homicide rules above the national average. The homicide rate is states with the death penalty has been increasing about 48% to 101% during the past twenty years. Another reason of why should the death penalty be illegal is because capital punishment goes against almost every religion. Based on an analysis made in two thousand and four, Americans who go to religious services on a regular basis are less likely to agree with the death penalty than those who attend less frequently. Christianity is one of the religions that oppose the capital punishment. “The death penalty embraces the myth of redemptive violence by humans and flies in the face of the ethic of Jesus, which forbids violent retribution. It is absolutely, incontrovertibly contrary to love.” Another religion that opposes to the death penalty is Judaism. Judaism accentuates how important human dignity is, even for those who have committed disgusting crimes. Judaism has a goal which is to foster a world in which each human life is protected as unique and sacred no matter the crimes that the person has committed. In conclusion, the death penalty should not be legal because of these reasons; it is spending a lot of the governments money, it is putting people who did not do anything lives at risk, and by having the death penalty it’s not decreasing the numbers of murders and crimes happening. Instead of wasting money on trying to excavate people we should be putting that kind of money into building more prisons. If we build more prisons to keep prisoners in we are saving more money and we are also protecting innocent lives of people. Since innocent people are sometimes accused and killed of crimes they did not commit, we are killing off more of our innocent people. If we have more prisons it would protect innocent people until they are proved they didn’t commit the crime. The last reason why I think the death penalty is wrong because it’s not helping the cases of murders and every religion doesn’t believe in it. If someone committed a murder how are we proving what they did was wrong by murdering them? We are all practically sinning against every religion which isn’t right! Due to all these reasons, this why the death penalty should be banned.