Capital Punishment Essay: Can Individuals Justify The Death Penalty

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Danielle Peacock
Mrs. Julie Garza
English 1302
20 February 2015
Capital Punishment
Can individuals justify the killing of someone if it is in the name of justice? Is an eye for an eye a culturally acceptable medium for the execution of criminals? Some people argue that capital punishment is an acceptable deterrent to crime. However, this is untrue. Murder is murder there is no justification for a state to take a human life! A better alternative to the death penalty is life without parole. Life without parole is more cost efficient, retains human fundamental rights while keeping offenders off the streets, and reduce the risk of botching an execution or executing someone for a crime he/she did not commit.
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Imagine an individual being convicted of a crime, and sentenced to death by lethal injection, and then years later it is discovered that he/she was unfortunately wrongly convicted and killed. Can a civilized society allow even a small chance of something like this happening? In the belief and hope of the great good, no. However, in recent years it has been shown to be a fact regarding the death penalty. According to the American civil liberties union, “As of February 2004, 113 inmates had been found innocent and released from death row. More than half of these have been released in the last ten years. That means one person has been exonerated for every eight people executed.” These individuals were lucky, not to have lost their lives. However, it is unfortunate that they had time stolen from them, time they will never get back, just for the sake of revenge. Life in prison can reduce the chance of this happening to individual that has not received the proper chance to prove their innocence. It should never how to come to executing someone for a crime he/she did not commit, then regretting it later when it is too late. (A Question of …show more content…
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