Capital Punishment Should Be Abolished Essay

1721 Words Apr 5th, 2016 7 Pages
Although there are many different methods of execution commonly associated with the death penalty, according to statistics from deathpenalty.procon.org, from January 1st, 1977 to December 31st, 2009, of the 1,188 criminals executed, 156 (13.1%) died by way of electric chair, 1,016 (85%) were administered lethal injections, 11 (.9%) were killed in gas chambers, 3 (.3%) were hanged, and 2 (.2%) were killed by way of a firing squad (Grane n.pag.). Capital punishment, often referred to as the death penalty is the "execution of an offender sentenced to death after conviction by a court of law of a criminal offense" (Hood n.pag.). Capital punishment is barbaric and the government deciding that an adequate punishment for some criminals is execution is highly immoral. They may not seem like good candidates to be reassimilated into society, but killing criminals will not right their wrongs. Capital punishment should be abolished because it is not financially justifiable, it is morally destitute, and there have been cases where the wrong person has been convicted and since they were given the death penalty and later executed, no mending of a wrongful conviction could take place.
The death penalty has been around for as long as history has been recorded. "Capital punishment for murder, treason, arson, and rape was widely employed in ancient Greece under the laws of Draco (fl. 7th century BCE), though Plato argued do that it should be used only for the incorrigible" (Hood n.pag.) and…

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