With 150 inmates released due to evidence of their innocence, one must wonder how many truly innocent people were put to death before the improvements in many areas such as how DNA testing is collected and tested. With more improvements made each year with technology we may find out more and more that people are innocent. But what should be done about the inmates who have been but to death already that are innocent? Should there be a review process of each current person who is on death row to make sure they are truly guilty of their crimes so no more innocent lives are
Even though our current system does allow for many repeals, in the end those found to be guilty will be executed regardless. A study by the Columbia University of Law took a good look at the death penalty and the appeals process. Throughout it, they found that two thirds of all capital trials had serious errors(Innocence). Russ Feingold, a former US senator released this quote from 2000, “Since the reinstatement of the modern death penalty, 87 people have been freed from death row because they were later proven innocent. That is a demonstrated error rate of 1 innocent person for every 7 persons executed.
Many of the families of victims do not want the criminals to be put to death. The death penalty costs more than a life sentence in jail. It is also racists. "Since 1976, there have been five hundred twenty-three executions in the United States, twenty-three in 1999 alone. There was only eleven before 1984.
capital punishment? With receiving life without parole the person has no chance of release by a parole board, even with good behavior. However, life sentences gives an inmate family and lawyer time to prove their innocence if they did not commit a crime. The wrongful execution of an innocent person is an injustice that can never be rectified. Since the reinstatement of the death penalty, 154 cases where men and women have been released from Death Row nationally, some only minutes away from execution.
Since the reinstatement of the death penalty in the United States in 1976, 138 innocent men and women have been released from death row, some who came minutes from being executed. To execute an innocent person is morally reprehensible; this is a risk that should not be taken. Around 120 of the roughly 3,000 inmates on death row in America are not guilty. In contrast, no system can produce results which are 100% certain all the time. To add on to that, the majority of those wrongfully sentenced to death are likely to languish in prison and never be freed.
Killing does not stop killing Almost all nations in the world either have the death sentence or have had it at one time but who are we to say who does and does not deserve to live? The death penalty is an ineffective form of punishment and should be wiped out because it is expensive, ineffective in deterring crime, inhumane, and permanent. We should be trying to help them; we are not doing that by killing them before they have a chance to fix themselves. The death penalty is legal in 31 states and illegal in 19 states. Since 1976 there have been at least 1,392 executions.
Brown was sentenced to life in prison while McCollum was sentenced to death. They were 15 and 19 years old respectively when they were tried and sentenced and 30 years later in 2014 they were exonerated in light of new DNA evidence linking a completely different man to the crime for which they had spent decades in prison (Katz and Eckholm). The possibility that all of these people could have been killed for crimes they did not commit is terrible and is evidence that this irrevocable punishment should not be an
One day Timmy is asked whether he believe the death penalty stops criminals, he answers that he no because it didn’t stop thugs from murdering his parents for their money. Most people who think the death penalty is effective don’t usually know all of the facts or how much time and money are used to put someone into death row. To good arguments for and against the effects of the death penalty are presented in our reading. Ernest Van den Haag argues that we should keep using the death penalty and Hugo Adam Bedau thinks that is obsolete and we should discontinue its use. I think both the arguments are convincing, but Bedau’s argument has statistics to back up his logic.
Death penalty help save lives. For each inmate put to death, the study say, 3 to 18 murders are prevented. For each execution the murder of a white person, 3/2 black, and ½ other persons are prevented. Also, for every 2.75 years cut from time spent on death row, one murder would be prevented (Smith, 2011). When threat of death increases, the homicide rate decreases.
Did you know that three life without parole convicts escaped from a high security prison, all having been convicted for capital murder but not having to pay the price? The men are still on the loose and it is very likely they could commit murder again. Do you think that people who have committed a crime bad enough to be charged with the death penalty should be allowed to receive a life sentence and have a chance to commit a crime again? Statistics show that the majority of death row inmates will die of natural causes before their execution. Many people sentenced to death row never get convicted; therefore never have to pay the price for their crimes.