Capital punishment, or the death penalty, is a sentence given to criminals of the most despicable crimes. As a person, it’s easy to quickly judge and condemn someone for their wrongdoing, but the laws that govern this country prohibit murder, and yet, the leaders of this country break those laws every time they sentence someone to death. Eighteen states have already abolished the death penalty; it’s time for the rest to follow suit, and lock the convict away in a maximum security prison for the rest of their life. Since 1976, when the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty, 1,231 prisoners have been executed, with each death costing at least 3.5 million dollars. That's 4.31 billion dollars that could've been spent on bettering the impoverished cities that most criminals come from.
By evaluating and investigating those statements, governments that had death penalty punished criminals yet they did not know if the person was really innocent and just accidentally gave the concurrent statement or not. Even if 140 people released from death row since 1973, this method caused 10 people to be executed even though they were found innocent after strong evidences (Death Penalty Information Center) (Wikipedi... ... middle of paper ... ...C. Death Penalty Info, n.p., 13 Mar. 2014 Web. 16 Mar. 2014.
In 1973 Author Shawcross was convicted of raping and murdering two children in upstate New York; however, after serving 15 years Shawcross was paroled in 1988. In a horrific 21-month killing spree, Shawcross took 11 more lives. That is 11 innocent people who would be alive today had justice been served (Pataki, Deterrent 2). With the topic of the death penalty comes a lot of controversy which is rooted from questions like: is the death penalty cruel and unusual punishment, is it helpful in crime control, is proper representation applied to these cases, and should reform be applied in the areas of crimes punishable and methods? Although some people argue that the death penalty is inhumane and against human rights, crime rates could be lowered through the use and reform of the death penalty.
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.
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This shows that pressure from other people towards the witnesses could wrongfully convict and unfortunately kill innocent people. Over the past 40 years researchers found that 143 defendants who were on death row were wrongfully convicted (Valencia). This ties in with the fact that Ruben Cantu couldn’t have been the only innocent person executed. Many of the innocent people most likely can’t afford a well-known attorney to help t... ... middle of paper ... ...al Journal. 28 Apr.
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Recently in the United States, there has been 875 prisoners executed, but not one has been proven innocent. The death penalty provides justice to the families involved in the worst crimes (Jacoby). “The execution of a murderer sends a powerful moral message: that the innocent life he t... ... middle of paper ... ...es, but we do not tear the lighthouse down’” (qtd. by Sharp “Death Penalty Paper”). We believe that the death penalty should be enforced because it can be used as a way to put fear into criminals and decrease the murder rate throughout the world.
Web. 17 Mar. 2014. http://usliberals.about.com/od/deathpenalty/i/DeathPenalty_2.htm "5 Arguments For And Against The Death Penalty." Listverse. N.p., 1 June 2013.