History Of The Death Penalty

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The Death Penalty Do the laws of the United States outweigh the life of a human being? Throughout the world and the United States, capital punishment claims the life of many people. The death penalty was first established around the Eighteenth Century B.C. ("Part I: History of the Death Penalty |"). Today, in the Twenty First Century, we live in a progressive society that by now should have surpassed barbaric punishments such as the death penalty. The death penalty is harmful to the economy, unconstitutional, does not deter crime, and diminishes the view of the United States in the eyes of other countries. Capital punishment,such as the death penalty, should be abolished because does not align to the values of the United States of America. The death penalty is wrong is because it goes against the constitutional right of every american to live. “On July 1, U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff of the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan, found the death penalty "deprives innocent people of a significant opportunity to prove their innocence" and "creates an undue risk of executing innocent people," and thereby violates the Constitution’s Fifth Amendment guarantee to due process …show more content…
With 17 releases over three and a half years, this is twice the amount of the previous report. The execution of innocent Americans is a far too common practice of the United States justice system. Since 1973, 69 people have been released from death row after being proved innocent. Too many people are put on death row due to a failure in the US judicial system. Two examples of innocent people on death row are Rolando Cruz, who spent 10 years on Illinois 's death row, and Ricardo Aldape Guerra, who spent 15 years on Texas 's death row. The US judicial system cannot continue to destroy innocent people 's lives. There is no room for failure when dealing with someone 's life

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