Should the death penalty be banned?
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First of all, I'm against the death penalty. What if you wrongfully execute someone? You can't bring him or her back to life. Since 1976, 520 people have been executed in Texas alone. Is that really necessary while there is other forms of punishment available? So in my opinion as an American, The United States should give the death penalty the boot, like the UK.
Death penalty is a capital punishment done to criminal and murderers. Some countries consider death penalty as legal but for some, it is a mortal sin. Others believe that what you have done to others should also be done to you. It would be very unfair if a man who murdered somebody who is innocent will just stay in prison and suffer the consequences. Sometimes, imprisonment is just a privilege for a convicted man to eat free food and have a bed to sleep. There are also instances that imprisonment will not last for a lifetime so there"s a chance for a convicted murdered to be free. If we try to weigh things, there are also advantages of the legalization of death penalty.
1. There will be a decrease of crime rate because people will be afraid to commit illegal actions for this may cause their precious life. We only live once in this world so why not make the best out of it. Death penalty is a big threat to all the murderers and law breakers not to commit heinous crimes. People will be warned not to commit wrong doings in the society because if they will be accused, their life is at stake.
2. If there is lesser crime rate, the environment will be a safer place stay. People will have peace of mind anymore. They can walk at night without the fear of somebody killing them. They can do their transactions confidently without the anxiety of being murdered. If death penalty is legal, our society would be a better haven to stay.
3. If death penalty is legal, people will respect life. They would not commit murder because they will also be killed in return. Instead of doing misdemeanors in the society, these murderers will be motivated to change for the better and this will give them a second chance to live.
Consider a pedophile who kills an infant girl by raping her. There is an unwritten "code of honor" in prisons that virtually requires inmates to kill such offenders. Probably half of America"s prisoners were in some way abused as children, and harbor a seething hatred for those who abuse children. The murdering pedophile is given the death penalty, but will probably spend ten years beforehand in prison. He will most likely be housed in solitary confinement for his own protection, but there are frequently holes in such protection, and the inmates may find their way to him. And if this happens, pedophiles are often gang-raped, castrated, beaten to death, stabbed, and sometimes even beheaded before guards"who may deliberately ignore the scene"can save them.
Most prisoners consider each other to be in the same predicament, and treat each other quite well in general. But they are still in prison, and despair about their lack of freedom. What is life like for Zacarias Moussaoui, the member of the September 11 hijacking teams who got caught a month before the attack? A single juror saved him from death. He has, since 2006, been incarcerated for twenty-three hours per day in a tiny concrete cell, with one hour of daily exercise in an empty concrete swimming pool; he has no access to other inmates, and only rare contact with guards, who say nothing to him; he can see nothing of the outside world except a tiny sliver of sky"and his will be his life. Capital punishment is an unnecessary threat.
2. The death penalty puts innocent lives at risk. Nowadays, it is easy to carelessly sentence someone to death where the culprit is literally someone totally different. Executing the innocent is mortally evil and we cannot take this risk.
3. In the United States, murderers of white people are far more likely to be executed than murderers of African-Americans. Racism puts a dent in the effectiveness of the death penalty.
4. We pay millions for the death penalty system. Three murder trials in 1995 cost 1.5 million. Isn't that already too far?! A fiscal impact summary that the Oregon Judicial Department would save $2.3 million if the death penalty was abolished. The United States debt is way too high already!
5. The death penalty is applied at random. Out of the 15,000 to 17,000 homicides annually in the United States, approximately 120 are executed; that's less than 1%. That can make the US death penalty system seem like a lethal lottery.
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The occasional execution of the innocent is way to risky to take the risk for. Executing the innocent is blasphemy and we cannot take the risk.
Scientific studies fail to show that the death penalty causes less homicides across the nation.
The death penalty can offend some people. A lot of religious groups practiced in the United States oppose the death penalty.
Isn't there a good alternative to the death penalty? Keeping them behind bars for life is a better alternative.
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