Persuasive Essay On The Death Penalty

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When one thinks of capital punishment, specifically the death penalty, consideration must be given to the history of our humanity in relation to such form of retribution. Execution has been part of our civilization since our earliest days. All the way from the ancient Mesopotamian societies to the Roman Empire, and even today in some areas of the world, judicial systems could be ferocious and uncivilized when it came to punishment, specifically execution. The nature of the death penalty raises many questions that have led to it be being banned in several states. The option of the death penalty has been a subject of heated debate in the United States for nearly one hundred years. When the death penalty was reinstated in the U.S. in 1976, two…show more content…
According to a staff report released by the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Civil and Constitutional Rights states: “…from 1973 to the present, more than one-hundred and fifty death row inmates have been found innocent of their crimes and set free prior to their execution. In addition, with the advancement of technology leading to new evidence, at least twenty-three people that have been executed were later found innocent of the crimes they were convicted of.” If there was not a death penalty, an innocent person who was convicted is able to resume life where they left off, and not be wrongfully put to death. Another question is how the death penalty might amplify social and economic inequalities. Some who take this stance argue that being sentenced to death is not reserved for the worst of the most violent crimes, but for defendants with low-grade lawyers. The death penalty does not apply to wealthy people or those with a high social status. It’s proven by the Death Penalty Information Center that the majority of those sentenced to death had to rely on overworked, underpaid, court-appointed public

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