‘Surely there are other ways that criminals can be punished for their crimes’ 

 

New Hampshire needs to repeal the death penalty and find a new way to punish criminals, because lethal injection is inhumane and too outdated for today’s society.

The bill to repeal the death penalty for the state of New Hampshire needs to pass and there is a fair chance it will.

Governor Jeanne Shaheen had the opportunity to repeal the bill in 2000, but it took almost a decade-and-a-half for her and the state of New Hampshire to realize the death penalty is too brutal.

There are not enough crimes committed in New Hampshire; or the United States for that matter, that sentence criminals to lethal injection of potassium chloride.

The United States has executed 39 criminals in the past year according to CNN.

AP Photo: Wednesday, March 12, 2014, N.H. State Rep. Rennie Cushing speaks on the house floor at the Statehouse in Concord, N.H. in favor of abolishing the death penalty. The house bill now passes to the N.H. Senate.

AP Photo:
Wednesday, March 12, 2014, N.H. State Rep. Rennie Cushing speaks on the house floor at the Statehouse in Concord, N.H. in favor of abolishing the death penalty. The house bill now passes to the N.H. Senate.

This is the second time in two decades that the number of criminals sentenced to death was below 40.

More and more, state representatives are starting to realize the death penalty needs to be repealed.

Three long-time supporters of the death penalty for the state of New Hampshire have changed their minds and voted for the bill to proceed.

The bill now has numerous supporters from state representatives and from citizens of New Hampshire.

The support for this bill will make it more likely to pass, and then New Hampshire can finally join the 18 other states who have abolished the death penalty.

N.H. is the only state in New England that still has the death penalty and something should be done about it.

The current crimes that warrant the death sentence in the state of New Hampshire include murder of a law enforcement official, murder for hire, murder during a kidnapping, drug sale, home invasion or rape and murder while serving a life sentence in prison.

While these crimes should have a serious consequence, the death penalty is not the way to go.

Surely there are other ways that criminals can be punished for their crimes.

If this bill is passed, it will not change the death sentence of Michael Addison who is currently on death row for the murder of a police officer in 2006.

Addison is the only man on Death Row in the state of New Hampshire since 1939.

It does not make sense, because why would we keep Addison’s death sentence if New Hampshire decides that the death penalty is not the right way to go?

The state should find a new way to punish criminals for these crimes and not sentence them to death.

It is understandable that these crimes are inhumane and the ones who committed them should be punished severely. But is New Hampshire doing the right thing by sentencing them to death?

Is New Hampshire any better than the criminals themselves if this is prohibited?

There are always going to be evil people in this world and killing them is not always the right way to go.

We need to find a new way to punish these criminals.

 

Jacob Knehr can be contacted at jknehr@keene-equinox.com