Argumentative Essay On Capital Punishment In The United States

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Capital punishment has no place in American society and the steady decrease in support for it shows that many Americans believe it is inhumane. Capital punishment is a waste of our tax dollars, prone to racial discrimination, and unsuccessful as a deterrent to crime. The amount of botched and wrongful executions conducted in Florida outweigh any benefits of the death penalty. We would benefit more from completely removing our capital punishment policy in Florida and sentencing those convicted of capital murder to life without the possibility of parole instead. The state of Florida should abandon our current capital punishment policies in favor of a more humane and less expensive policy.
Capital punishment, often referred to as the death penalty,
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The amount of opponents of the death penalty began to rise following the release of pictures from a botched execution in Florida. Although Florida Governor Bush defended Florida’s use of the electric chair, many Americans responded negatively to the use of the chair, calling it ‘inhumane’. Since then, capital punishment has continuously been in the spotlight, and has found less and less support from Americans. In 2011, a poll showed than only 62% of Americans were in support of the death penalty to punish those convicted of capital murder (“Less Support for Death Penalty, Especially Among Democrats”). This change in support is reflected in changes made to state laws. In 2012, Connecticut became the seventeenth U.S. state to eliminated capital punishment. Along with the eradication of capital punishment in multiple states, the number of executions began to lower in states that still practiced the death penalty. Despite the lower numbers of executions, there are thousands of inmates still on death row today, many of them in Florida (“Capital

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