10 Arguments Against Death Penalty

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The death penalty is a very controversial matter. Many people are against it, but there are also many people for it. The death penalty should not be allowed in the United States. Capital punishment is inhumane, violates the constitution, it is biased, many innocent people die, it does not make the crime rate decrease, costs a lot, and is morally wrong in many religions. To begin with, it is inhumane and against the constitution. For example, Kill the Death Penalty: 10 Arguments Against Capital Punishment by Dan Brook, states that killing people makes us like the murders. Dan Brook also goes on to say “It’s bad enough that we are victimized by crime in our society; we don’t need to be further victimized by becoming perpetrators and enacting …show more content…
The Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC) has conducted a research of over a decade from 1991-2011, it concludes that the states without the death penalty have a lower murder rate than those with the death penalty. In 2005 the murder rate for states with capital punishment was 5.87 while the rate in those without it was 4.03, which is a forty-six percent difference (DPIC). Additionally criminals on death row are often times waiting over a decade to die which means they do not make the connection between their crimes and the punishment (Brook). Dan Brook states that the death penalty causes the brutalization effect. This means that when violence is condoned through the death penalty more violence happens (Brook). Some criminals are given publicity because of big trials and as soon as they are convicted with the death sentence or killed more violence follows. Texas leads in the amount of executions accounting for one third of the United States’ executions and this state still has a high murder and crime rate. The death penalty does not lower the criminal activity at all in any state. On top of it being wrong the death penalty costs the United States a lot of money. Jeffrey A. Fagan states in his essay that about two and half million to five million dollars is the cost per case that is spent on each execution. It costs about one million dollars for each killer convicted to life in prison without parole (Fagan). All that money spent on executions could be used in a wiser way such as hiring more officers or better law enforcement uses. If we had improved law enforcements then we would not need to spend so much money on killing criminals each

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