Drawbacks Of Capital Punishment

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Since the beginning of time, death has been a punishment for horrible crimes like murder, espionage, and terrorism. Even Hammurabi, the well known king of Mesopotamia, use the death penalty to promote peace. Today, the United States justice system has caused capital punishment to be outdated and ineffective. The redundant and expensive court processes have caused capital punishment to be lengthy and unsuccessful. Capital punishment fails to deter crime, which makes it useless to protect the american people. The emotional suffering of capital punishment victims’ families causes the pain of the system to be more than justice should serve. While it gets rid of dangerous criminals, capital punishment has many deplorable drawbacks which far outweigh its benefits.
Capital punishment takes too long to be considered effective. United States Supreme Court Justice, John Paul Stevens, believes that Capital Punishment has become too lengthy in processing and needs to be abolished. He said, “Clarence Allen Lackey had spent 17 years on death row when this Court reviewed his petition for certiorari. Today, condemned inmates await execution for an average of nearly 13 years....” (Stevens 1). This fact is important because it shows how long it takes
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“In 2011, U.S. 9th Circuit Court Judge Arthur L. Alarcón and attorney Paula Mitchell published a massive study arguing that the death penalty had cost Californians $4 billion since 1978. They found that jury selection could take as much as a month longer in death penalty trials and cost roughly $200,000 more than in other murder trials” (Chammah 1). This fact is important because it shows that the cost is increasing causing more to come out of taxpayers dollars. This information proves my claim because the higher the cost per death penalty case, the more costly the death penalty becomes. The death penalty is expensive, which is a major pitfall of capital

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