This is taking away the peoples right to live. Capital punishment has no place in today's society. There are too many bad things that can come from the death penalty. Perfectly innocent people can be put on death row, or even executed. It is immoral on so many levels.
The death penalty provides nothing but pain for the victims family, the economy and the society. There are multiple reasons why one should be against the death penalty. For a society that wants to be civilized, putting people to death does not solve that problem. Thinking that its helping, the death penalty actually creates a whole new set of victims. Mistakes are made because cases always turns out to be innocent.
The death penalty is legal in thirty-two states. I shall argue that capital punishment should be abolished in our country because it is never moral to kill a human being no matter what they have done, because it often costs more money to keep someone on death row than to keep someone in prison for life, because of the men and women who are wrongly accused of a crime they did not commit, and because death is the easy way out. I believe that there is a standard when it comes to morality. The basics of that standard includes knowing that murder, rape, torture, treason, kidnapping, larceny, and perjury are wrong. What does it mean for something to be wrong?
Many people who have been killed by capital punishment have later been found innocent, but the penalty is irreversible and goes against peoples’ rights and beliefs. The death penalty should not be used as a deterrent to lower murder rates because it does not serve its purpose in deterring crime and murder rates, it costs an unaffordable amount of money, the deaths are sometimes long and painful, innocent people are murdered, and it is outright immoral.
However, more and more crimes are now able to be punishable by death. This is the result of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, which “dramatically increased the number of federal crimes eligible for this sentence” (Scheb, 520). Even so, the federal government has yet to put someone on death row for a non-homicidal case. The arguments for and against capital punishment are lengthy and strictly opinionated, but are also important to see the evolution of our society as the majority view changes and new influences come about. The main dispute for those who favor capital punishment is due to the fact that death is the “ultimate incapacitation” (Siegel, 411).
There are several documented cases much like those shown in the video, where DNA testing showed that innocent people were put to death (or in the process of being) by the government. We have a heavily flawed justice system where less fortunate defendants are given minimal to no legal attention by often lesser qualified individuals. (Capital Punishment Should Be Abolished) Some would blame the court system and government proceedings, not necessarily death penalty itself for this problem. However it has to be considered that mistakes can not be made and pride can not get in the way when someones life is being jeopardized. On the same point, is useless in the sense that it doesn 't “bring the victim back to life” so to speak (Capital Punishment) .
Pro-Death Penalty There are many studies which show the death penalty as a non-deterrent to the serious crime problem that is faced in the United States. The death penalty continues to be the most controversial sentence with over half the states re-instituting capital punishment laws since the Furman v Georgia decision in 1972. Nevertheless, even if the death penalty were no greater a deterrent than a life sentence, some people would still advocate is the only way to get rid permanently society of dangerous criminals who deserve to die. Being that the death penalty is considered a deterrent to criminal activity does it make the execution morally right or just brutal? The death penalty is the highest capital punishment, which serves as a strong deterrent for serious crimes.
And in almost every death penalty case, the race of the victim is white. Of the 229 executions that have occurred since the death penalty was reinstated, only one has involved a white defendant for the murder of a black person (Race and the Death Penalty, 2003). Does this mean that minorities are inherently criminals, or is there an undercurrent of racial segregation affecting the views of the majority in our society? T.V. shows, such as Cops, often depict persons of color as the criminal element, reinforcing the myth that minorities are to be feared.
The current U.S. death row population by race includes 1,457 (42%) African Americans, 353 (10%) Hispanics, 1, 580 (45.5%) Caucasians and 81 (2.3%) accounts for other races. According to the General Accounting office, the United States can not prevent accidental executions of innocent people. This is primarily due to wrongful identification of defendants in many cases. Crimes are often solved with the most convenient suspect rather right or wrong, which also leads to wrongful death of innocent people. Additionally, many convicts are blamed merely because they “fit” the description of the intended suspect, which leads to erroneous convictions.
There is also a lack of evidence on the deterrent effect that retribution and the death penalty has on would-be murderers. The criminal justice system is not perfect and is bound to make mistakes. Innocent beings have been placed on death row later being exonerated, some even after execution. States should abolish capital punishment and replace it with a life sentence without the possibility for parole and include restitution. Expense States should turn to alternative forms of maximum punishment because of how costly it is to carry out the Death Penalty.