The Death Penalty Should Not Be Legal

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In March of 1985, Kirk Bloodsworth was convicted and sentenced to death for viciously killing and raping a 9 year old girl. Several eyewitnesses claimed to have all of the evidence the prosecution would need for a conviction and death sentence. However, 9 years later DNA evidence proved that Bloodsworth had not actually committed a crime at all. After being forced to waste 9 years of his life in prison, Bloodsworth was finally released. The Guardian reports that “at least 4.1% of all defendants sentenced to death in the US in the modern era are innocent” (Pilkington). This is a compelling statistic when lives are in the balance. The death penalty has posed countless problems to the United States’ judicial system that could easily be avoided if the process was completely eliminated or amended further. Although certain restrictions have already been placed on this form of punishment in order for it to align with the Constitution, the system as a whole is flawed and viewed by several religious and moral standards as wrong. The death penalty should not be a form of punishment in America, because it presents the possibility of irrevocably punishing an innocent person, and has a much greater cost and risk than other alternatives. Capital punishment has been around for 279 years, and is just as ignorant and flawed today as it was in the beginning. Since there have been so numerous changes made in the statutes concerning the death penalty, it is easier for people to believe that this method is now effective and the best route for delivering justice in our nation. Unfortunately, this is far from the truth. The Supreme Court case Furman v. Georgia banned capital punishment in the United States because the Court ruled, “Georgia 's death pen... ... middle of paper ... ...then deal with the sentencing or conclusion accordingly. This entire court process can get extremely expensive. For those who cannot afford an attorney, one is appointed to them. The entire case can be subject to the skills of the attorneys. So, if a defendant is appointed a cheap, court-ordered attorney, what is the chance that the accused criminal actually has an attorney that has equal skill to that of the prosecution? According to America Magazine, “those who receive the death penalty still tend to be poor, poorly educated and represented by public defenders or court-appointed lawyers” (Meehan). The idea of capital punishment is rooted in illogical, unreasonable, and perverted beliefs. Alternatives to this process, such as a life sentence with no possible chance of parole, would be a better solution to this justice crisis that exists within the United States.

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