The Death Penalty : Representative Of A Totalitarian Society?

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The Death Penalty-- Representative of A Totalitarian Society? Cruel, inequitable, and hypocritical: some of the many words that are used to describe the death penalty. According to the article “Capital Punishment is Still Controversial,” there are fifty to seventy-five executions that take place in the United States each year. That’s almost one hundred lives taken by the government annually. The death penalty should not be permitted because it is unjust, corrupt, and it takes away basic human rights. Many inmates who appear on death row are racially discriminated against and are not provided with fair attorneys due to low income. Race is a huge determining factor in capital sentencings. According to one study, “In 1990 a report from the General Accounting Office concluded that ‘in 82 percent of the studies [reviewed], race of the victim was found to influence the likelihood of being charged with capital murder or receiving the death penalty, i.e. those who murdered whites were more likely to be sentenced to death than those who murdered blacks’” (“Death Penalty Facts”). There’s been a continuous legacy of racial bias in many cases, and it seems that this discrimination has become inevitable in America. Income level is also a large determining factor. Those who cannot afford a higher trained attorney are appointed with ones who accept the case on impulse. There have even been reports of poor attorneys who show up on the job drunk and fall asleep during court sessions. As…

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