Capital punishment and the practice of the death penalty is an issue that is passionately debated in the United States. Opponents of the death penalty claim that capital punishment is unnecessary since a life sentence accomplishes the same objective. What death penalty opponents neglect to tell you is that convicted murders and child rapists escape from prison every year(List of prison escapes, 2015). As I write this essay, police are searching for two convicted murders who escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York on June 6th, 2015. The ONLY punishment from which one cannot escape is the death penalty.
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
The Death Penalty The death penalty should be a last result action that is taken when one person is convicted of a crime involving the death of another person or living thing. The actions taken to kill someone on death row are horrific in, and to kill someone that didn't commit the crime is an appalling thing to do. DNA is an efficient way to prove the absolute guilt of an individual. The death penalty should not be enforced without the opportunity of a DNA test. For years, DNA has been an effective way of determining whether or not the death row inmates are guilty.
The main dispute for those who favor capital punishment is due to the fact that death is the “ultimate incapacitation” (Siegel, 411). I think that this is the quintessential reason why the United States should continue to allow the death penalty. Without it there are ways of mitigating ones sentence, making it unfair to the victims. Sternberg states that taxpayers “should not bear the costs of keeping [those on death row] alive in prison” (Sternberg, 5). I agree with this statement because once a person is convicted of a harsh enough crime to be condemned to life in prison they should not be dependent on society’s hard earned cash.
On the anti-capital punishment side, there will always be the argument of deterrence. After all, the death penalty was first intended to deter crime in the United States and there is no proof that it serves that purpose. What about the chance that an innocent person will be murdered for a crime he or she did not commit? What about the countless years wasted on death row by those wrongly accused? In conclusion, the death penalty in the United States is an acceptable form of punishment.
Everyday innocent people are sentenced to the death penalty. Everyday guilty people are let off death row from lack of evidence or other substantial reasons. Is that justice? Many will say no. Bibliography: Deathpenalty.com "Legal Rights..." Prodeathpenalty.com "For ao against?"
“There are some defendants who have earned the ultimate punishment our society has to offer by committing murder with aggravating circumstances present. I believe life is sacred. It cheapens the life of an innocent murder victim to say that society has no right to keep the murderer from ever killing again. In my view, society has not only the right, but the duty to act in self defense to protect the innocent", argues the ... ... middle of paper ... ...ent person on death row. There have been several cases that evidence were proven to exonerate death row inmates.
What I mean by that statement is the convicted inmate murder, kills, and or torture multiple victims, then he/she is caught by the hands of justice and we want to give them the death penalty based upon their records. Now is that justice or us just wanting to crucially punish someone. The death penalty is sometimes a hard subject to talk about, because it is such a touchy subject. So I do support the death penalty, but when it all comes down to it how many people are we really saving if we take one man off of earth versus 50,000 more killers, rapist, and child molesters. No one excepts to be those things when they grow up in life some people do want to live different paths in life but some just do not chose the right
The death penalty is needed to deter crime in the United States. The death penalty has been around since ancient times, and it has served as a punishment for serious crimes. Capital punishment has shown the world that committing serious crimes such as murder and treason are looked down upon, and that it will not be tolerated. In order to discourage wrongdoing in our country, the death penalty is needed. The principle reasons for the death penalty are convicted criminals are used to deter crime and all people killed by the death penalty are convicted criminals.
That’s nearly 15%. The numbers are disturbing. Innocent people are becoming victims of the United States judicial system by its overlooked imperfections. A former president of the American Bar Association (ABA), John J. Curtin Jr., said it best when he told a congressional committee that “Whatever you think about the death penalty, a system that will take life must first give justice. Execute justice, not people.” Though some of the innocent death row inmates have managed to escape their execution, there are numerous others who are unable to overturn their sentence through appeals.