Analysis Of The Death Penalty

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The Death Penalty: A Dying System? In the Time article, “The Death of the Death Penalty”, David Von Drehle addresses the controversial issue of the death penalty. The death penalty in the United States is a declining and flawed method of punishment. The problem of the American death penalty is still an issue in this day and age. Von Drehle compresses the flaws of the death penalty into five simple reasons. Von Drehle informs his readers and the public about the five reasons why the death penalty is a flawed system by appealing to ethos and logos and by using different ideas that pertain to the issue of the failing system. To summarize, the Time article “The Death of the Death Penalty by David Von Drehle emphasizes the rising issue of the…show more content…
Von Drehle uses Tsarnaev’s case as an example to unveil the flaws of the death penalty. The author writes about five reasons as to why the death penalty is a dying method of punishment. The first reason is, despite decades of effort, the procedures of the death penalty are not improving (5). Von Drehle explains the problems that happen inside of the federal prisons. Many inmates spend more than 20 years on death row awaiting their execution. State and federal courts are backlogged with the amount of cases that they cannot catch up (8). The seconds reason refers to the decreasing of crime in the country. The author writes about crime rates and how they are significantly decreasing throughout the decades. Von Drehle explains that the significant decrease is making America safer than it was in the 60’s. Therefore, making the death penalty obsolete. The third reason is the dwindling justifications. The death penalty, according to Von Drehle, was a powerful tool of white supremacy (11). Slave masters used to threaten their slaves with the death penalty to gain obedience and respect. Now that the overt racism of the past…show more content…
The issue of the death penalty has always been my go-to topic for any assignment or debate. I have read multiple articles on the issue, but this one provided a lot of information that I was unaware about. I appreciated the way Von Drehle broke down the issues facing the American death penalty. Before reading this article, I had never thought of using the Justices as a reason to abolish the system. It was interesting to read about the opinions of different judges and how easily they can change. Whenever the topic of the death penalty was mentioned, I was always the person to debate or write against it. This article strengthened my views and beliefs about the abolition of the death
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