The Death Penalty Should Be Abolished Essay

881 Words Mar 1st, 2016 4 Pages
Blake Smith
Mr. Martin
Language Arts III: 5th Period
25 February 2016
The Death Penalty “Those who kill non-Hispanic African Americans are 59.3% less likely to be sentenced to death than those who kill non-Hispanic whites” (Pierce). The death penalty is the punishment of execution, administered to someone legally convicted of a capital crime. Nothing is more serious than death, and people reason that murderers deserve to die.Wouldn’t we be doing the same thing they did by giving them the ultimate punishment? It violates human rights and goes against the constitution our government placed down for our country. The death penalty is legalized murder. The financial costs are very expensive and life sentencing would be a lot cheaper. The death penalty should be abolished because it violates human rights, it is legalized murder, and it is very expensive. The death penalty is a violation of human rights; it goes against both the U.S. Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. As stated in the Lackey v. Texas Supreme Court case, it “violates the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment” (Lackey v. Texas). By going against the Eighth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, the government is depriving us as U.S. citizens of our rights. In the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 5 states that “No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment” (Lykketoft). Even though the defendant…

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