Capital Punishment Should Be Banned From The United States Essay

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Emily Jensen
Mrs. Macey
ELA9H
December 19, 2016
Capital Punishment Should be Banned From the United States.
In the United States more than 1,400 people have been killed by the death penalty in the last 40 years alone. In the year 2016, 20 people were executed. In several cases the defendant was found innocent after the sentence had taken place. Many lives have been hurt through this sentence. Capital Punishment has killed innocent people, it costs an outrageous amount, and it harms the lives of prison workers. In the U.S the death penalty should be illegal. Capital Punishment should be abolished from the United States because the death penalty not only harms innocent lives, but also takes innocent lives. There have been several cases proving the defendant innocent while they are on death row. DNA testing has helped set these innocent people free. “More than 4 percent of inmates sentenced to death in the United States are probably innocent.’ Indeed, there have been 330 exonerations based on DNA alone, with 20 of those defendants having served time on death row since the advent of DNA technology. (Holloway) As of July 1, 2016, 2,905 inmates have been placed on Death Row. Meaning about 116 (four percent) inmates did not commit the crimes they are charged for. Not only have lives been harmed from Capital Punishment but also lives have been taken away. “Innocent people are convicted of crimes they didn’t commit more often than anyone would like to admit, and in some cases,…

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