Capital Punishment : Is The Only Just Penalty For Some Crimes?

1376 Words Nov 14th, 2016 6 Pages
Most people in favor of capital punishment believe that it is the only just penalty for some crimes. In the criminal justice system the death penalty has been a topic of ferocious debate for many decades. From fundamental pros and cons lists, to statistics supported by cost analysis, to the different arguments for or against capital punishment that are well documented. Even if one thinks that some people deserve to die, just like everyone else governments make mistakes as well. But what happens when an innocent person is convicted and sentenced to death for a crime they did not commit? That means having to accept the unacceptable; innocent people will die and that can’t be undone. Despite substantial research on the question, criminologists have been unable to convene a strong case that capital punishment discourages crime. Supporters of the death penalty often posit arguments that cite retribution for violent crimes as being instrumental in justice. However, several studies and research have shown that taking the life of another human being through capital punishment only perpetuates a cycle of violence. Furthermore, other research has shown that flaws in our justice system has led to the innocent being prosecuted, those who are guilty being set free, and a profusion of other biases being present during the death row process. The United States needs to abolish the death penalty; it is archaic, costly, ineffective, and most importantly, it is unjust. Capital punishment is…

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