Essay on The Death Penalty Is The Most Common Method Of Execution

1530 Words Mar 11th, 2016 7 Pages
The use of the death penalty dates back all the way before the 5th century. People have been sentenced to death for over thousands of years. Currently, 31 states have the death penalty, and 18 sates and the District of Columbia do not have the death penalty. The United States Supreme Court suspended the death penalty, in 1972, because it was unconstitutional. That suspension was short lived because the Court lifted the suspension in 1976. Lethal injection is the most common method of execution, yet there are states that use other methods, including electrocution, gas chambers, hanging, and firing squads. Many of the people who are pro death penalty believe that it will stop criminals from committing crimes. Research doesn 't support that claim. The system isn 't perfect, so unfortunately, there are innocent people who are imprisoned. This runs the risk of innocent people being wrongfully executed due to the death penalty being in place. Cameron Todd Willington from Texas was wrongfully executed in 2004 even though there was strong evidence and forensics that proved his innocence. No matter what people think or say, the death penalty is not effective. It is not worth the risk of executing an innocent person, the cost, and it doesn 't make criminals not want to commit crimes. The 8th amendment says “no cruel or unusual punishment”, which the death penalty is. That relates to the punishment that used to be used a long time ago. The death penalty is not considered to be “cruel…

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