The Death Penalty Is Cause For Many Arguments Essay

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The death penalty is cause for many arguments. There are many people who are against it and many for it but it should come down to what is best for the society. The death penalty is a conviction that criminals get for committing heinous crimes. The problem with the death penalty is that it is permanent. Once someone is sentenced to the death penalty and is killed, their conviction cannot be overturned, if they are later found innocent. As stated by Dieter (1997), the executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center, “the danger that innocent people will be executed because of errors in the criminal justice system is getting worse”. According to his article, a total of 69 victims have been released from their death penalty convictions, since 1973, due to new evidence found from technological advances, such as the DNA. (Dieter, R. C., 1997). Pilkington (2014), states that “4.1% of all defendants sentenced to death in the US in the modern era are innocent” (Pilkington, E., 2014). Whenever we put someone on death row, there is a chance that person might be innocent, could this be seen as unethical? There is not only concern for putting a potential innocent person on death row but the costs of killing them may be too high for it to be worth it. The cost of killing someone through lethal injection comes out of the pockets of the taxpayers. The cost for the death penalty is different in each state but the overall message is that the death penalty costs from either a half…

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