These actions cause the actual criminals to be out and about carrying out more crimes. In November of 2005 Juan Moreno, the victim of a non-fatal shooting, was the only eye witness to the crime. Moreno had told the Houston Chronicle paper that the alleged shooter, Ruben Cantu, was innocent and that he had only pointed at Cantu because of pressures from the police. Unfortunately, Ruben Cantu had been executed years before the newspaper was published (Sangillo). This shows that pressure from other people towards the witnesses could wrongfully convict and unfortunately kill innocent people.
Later, McLoughlin was released to “reprise” this horrific crime (Baron 1). After given a second chance, Ian McLoihlin “battered a man to death with a hammer but escaped with a manslaughter conviction and a ten year sentence” (Baron 1). His manslaughter did not sojourn there. In fact, in 1992, McLoughlin was convicted of murder. He continued his murder streak as “he was given another life sentence for murder after targeting an elderly man and then stabbing to death a neighbor who ... ... middle of paper ... ...sary in US Justice System."
The Death Penalty When a family goes to the penitentiary to see their loved one be placed on a table to soon be injected with a concoction of lethal drugs how do you think they feel? In the words of Associate Justice William J. Brennan “Death is an unusually severe punishment, unusual in its pain, its finality, and its enormity” (Brennan 1976). Across the United States of America there sit around 3,125 inmates on death row. According to “Justice For All” it costs between $1.2 million to $3.6 million per person to house and carry out death sentences across the United States (Sharp 1997). The cost varies from state to state depending on the state and area that the inmate is housed.
If a murderer was given a different punishment other than the death penalty, the human live(s) that perished would become less and less important. The death penalty is justified because in the Pledge of Allegiance we state “Liberty and Justice for all”. What better way to show this than to give deserving criminals the right punishment? (Phil 2) The Death Penalty has positive effects on murder victim’s families. Losing a loved one from old age, or sickness is a time of suffering that almost everyone will experience, but losing a loved one because they were brutally murdered is unexpected and much harder to overcome.
Since 1973, according to the non-profit Death Penalty Information Center in Washington, D.C., 115 people have been released from America's death rows with evidence of their innocence (Recinella, 20). c. DNA plays an important role in proving ones innocence. d. Innocence has made its way of becoming a strong argument in capital punishment over the past decade because abolitionists have been able to point to the near-execution of inmates whose innocence is supported by post-conviction DNA tests (Aronson, 605). Innocent people died every day from being wrongfully accused. III... ... middle of paper ... ...ce, stress on families, and importance of life.
Web. 26 Jul 2014. Peirce, Gleen L. and Michael Radelet “Monitoring Death Sentences Decisions: The Challenges and Barriers to Equity”. 34.2. n. pg. Web.
Capital Punishment is a monstrosity due to the fact that it has unconstitutionally murdered innocent people. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, “Since 1973, over 140 people have been released from death row in 26 states because of innocence. Nationally, at least one person is exonerated for every 10 that are executed” (“Case”). The death penalty can be traced back to its ancient roots in the Code of King Hammurabi of Babylon (“Part”). The Code of King Hammurabi was a list that contained the 282 laws of Babylon; the most notorious law from this code called for an eye-for-an-eye approach to justice.