The Denalty And The Death Penalty

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Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." As Americans we take pride in our justice and freedom but has the convoluted justice system actually denatured the very essence of what we stand for. The death penalty is process of which justice is sometimes sought after, but is the death penalty an accurate depiction of what justice looks like? The death penalty is an antiquated process onto which America should not hold. The death penalty is a flawed and unfair system due to racism, not accurately understanding mental illnesses, and not taking into account the development of the human brain and the elements of age and IQ. Racial equality has made leaps and bounds throughout the years, but in some areas it has not,…show more content…
What is to say that a person 's trial will not have those same elements if they have a mental illness? Mental illness opens the door to the complexities of the human brain and how it works, without properly understanding the brain, one cannot understand the illness. It is not something that someone can control, and without diagnosis and treatment, people will not get better. Furthermore, if a jury only knows the name of a mental illness and not the symptoms and cause, then they truly have very little understanding and the trial will continue despite their ignorance on the topic. Sixteen percent of the inmates in state and federals jails and prisons suffer from severe mental illnesses such as schizophrenia or manic depression (Mohlman, D. M. (2005). The Value and Importance of Treating Mental Illness--The Costs of Overlooking Mental Illness). Psychopaths have the emotional IQ of a 5-year-old (Smith, R. J. (2015). Forgetting Furman) and a 5 year old would never face the death penalty due to the crimes of emotional inadequacy. Someone with a mental illness should be treated and rehabilitated, not put on death

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