Essay on Capital Punishment Should Be Abolished

1834 Words Apr 19th, 2016 8 Pages
The death penalty has been a solution to crimes constantly. Justice systems around the world have chosen to take the life of a criminal instead of sentencing them to life in prison. Capital punishment should be abolished because the justice system should not have the authority to take a criminal’s life. According to capital punishment laws, it is not justified for a criminal to take a life, but it is acceptable for a member of the justice system to take that criminal’s life. The death penalty costs taxpayers more money than prison holdings, is religiously immoral, is an unscrupulous solution for homicide victims’ families, and puts innocents at risk. The only way to solve this problem, is for the United States of America to abolish capital punishment and only offer life in prison for criminals that would usually go on death row. If our country abolishes the death penalty, men and women will be alive if ever proven innocent. People can leave a prison, but no human can come back to life. The death penalty has been around for thousands of years in numerous countries. People were beheaded for speaking out against the king during the French Revolution, the Romans crucified criminals, the Jewish culture called for stoning people, and many other countries have used different forms of capital punishment for ages. Carol S. Steiker & Jordan M. Steiker mention in their article that the United States used the death penalty constantly until the 1972 case of Furman v.…

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