Persuasive Essay On The Death Penalty

opinion Essay
1545 words
1545 words

1429 the number of executions conducted since 1976 just in the United States, 1260 executed by lethal injection, 158 executed by electrocution, 11 executed in the gas chamber, 3 executed by hanging and 3 by a firing squad according to the Death Penalty Information Center since 1973, more than 150 people have been released from death row with evidence of their innocence. And today 140 countries have abolished Capital Punishment in law or practice. Nowadays, capital punishment is an ongoing debate all over the world. In Massachusetts, the death penalty was declared unconstitutional in 1984, and no one has been executed since 1947. According to the Death Penalty Information Center in the Massachusetts history, there have been 345 executions, …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Opines that the death penalty should be applied in more cases, and that their taxes shouldn't be used to feed and keep a criminal breathing, but executions are actually more expensive than life sentences.
  • Explains that some states have experimented with "drug cocktails" since the european union banned the export of the drugs for the lethal injections.
  • Opines that people opposing the abolition of the death penalty might say that since they are criminals, they have to pay for what they did, if they committed murder, sexual abuse, kidnapped.
  • Analyzes the case of cameron todd willingham, who was charged with the murder of his 3 daughters after supposedly setting fire to their room. brian terrell was executed in 2004 and later found innocent.
  • Opines that capital punishment isn't justified because it's a way for society to think that something wrong is correct when they need it.
  • Opines that capital punishment is inhuman and cruel, a violation of life and human rights, and morally wrong.
  • Explains that the most important thing about capital punishment is the innocent people that get sentenced to death without being actually guilty of the crime.

As mentioned by “The Public Broadcasting service” website, in an article called “Why the death penalty is on the decline”, Since the European Union banned the export of the drugs for the lethal injections almost a decade ago, some states have experimented with “drug cocktails”. According to the Death Penalty Information Center, In January of 2014 “Ohio used a new lethal drug combination that had never been tried before in the U.S. Dennis McGuire, lay for almost half an hour on the gurney, with his children watching in horror as he gasped and struggled from the effect of the drugs” And in April of the same year, “Oklahoma proceeded under court-sanctioned secrecy with the execution of Clayton Lockett, using one of the same drugs that failed in Ohio. The person inserting the IV for the lethal drugs was not able to find a suitable vein in Lockett’s arms. An attempt was made to locate and insert the IV into the femoral vein, but apparently the insertion pierced through the vein, thereby depositing the drugs into the surrounding tissue. Lockett struggled for 43 minutes, clearly conscious for part of the time, making movements and sounds. Finally, the warden called off the execution, drawing the curtain in the chamber to hide the proceedings from the witnesses. A short time later, Lockett’s death was declared, mistakenly attributed to a heart …show more content…

And that with capital punishment, violence would be less because criminals would be scared of getting a death sentence. But according to Amnesty International, twenty-seven years after abolishing the death penalty, Canada saw a 44 percent drop in murders across the country. In the USA “the 2014 FBI Uniform Crime Report showed that the South had the highest murder rate. The South accounts for over 80% of executions. The Northeast, which has less than 1% of all executions, had the lowest murder rate.”

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