Persuasive Essay On The Death Penalty

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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. Since 1983, only 153 people have been exonerated from death row, meaning that 153 people have been released from getting put to death which should happen more often. This should happen more often because people should have a right to explain themselves and at least get a fair trial before getting put to death. Although if they do commit a serious crime and are convicted for it then it is reasonable to punish them by death. At least 10 people have been executed even with serious doubts of whether they committed the crime or not.
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So we would be able to decrease prison funds and increase money to pay off our debt, or to other worthy recipients. For example, the city of New York, paid $167,731 to feed, house and guard each inmate last year, according to a study the Independent Budget Office released. Cases without the death penalty cost $740,000, while cases where the death penalty is sought cost $1.26 million. It is actually cheaper to imprison someone for life than to execute them. In fact, it is almost 10 times cheaper. So that may be a big reason many people believe that people should be sent to the death
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