Life Without Parole As An Alternative To The Death Penalty

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Capital punishment or death penalty has been around since the eighteen century but throughout the centuries and with the progress of societies it has been abolished in many countries. Among all western developed countries, the United States (U.S.) is one of the rare country that is still practicing capital punishment. Many believe that it is time for the U.S. to put an end to the capital punishment while others believe that it is essential for the U.S. to keep practicing this type of sentence.
Capital punishment is nowadays used for criminals who committed murders, however, it was originally used to punish many others crimes too. Recalling the history of death penalty, the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC) stated (2014): “The first established death penalty laws date as far back as the Eighteenth Century B.C. in the Code of King Hammaurabi of Babylon, which codified the death penalty for 25
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It is evident that some offenders should be severely punished, however Life Without Parole could be used as an alternative to the Death Penalty. According to The Death Penalty Focus (2013), an organization against death penalty, in every state that retains the death penalty, jurors have the option of sentencing convicted capital murderers to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The sentence is cheaper to tax-payers and keeps violent offenders off the streets for good. Unlike the death penalty, a sentence of Life Without Parole also allows mistakes to be corrected. There are currently over 3,300 people in California who have received this alternative sentence, which also has a more limited appeals process last approximately 3 years. According to the California Governor 's Office, only seven people sentenced to life without parole have been released since the state provided for this option in 1977, and this occurred because they were able to prove their

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