The Death Penalty Should Be Abolished Essay

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When people think of the death penalty, many times it goes over their heads. We don’t question the death penalty in many cases because it has been in the criminal justice system for so long. (npr.org) The death penalty is legal in 30 states in the U.S and has been around since the early 1600’s. (Zalan) There are many methods of the death penalty: lethal injection, firing squad, electrocution and even a gas chamber. (Muhlhausen) Some may be more painful than others, but they have been performed in many jails and correctional facility for many years, and against the inmates will. (usnews.com) Side one states that the death penalty should stay in the legal system due to the fact that people should pay for their mistakes. Although, side two says the death penalty should be abolished due to the fact that it has killed many innocent suspects and can be looked at as torture in many situations. (Sneed) I say, Abolishing the death penalty will allow for people to live with their mistakes. People shouldn 't have to die for their crimes, but should have to pay their time and understand what they did wrong.
The death penalty traces back to the early 1600’s when the colonies existed. In those days, the death penalty was a norm and people were hung everyday. (Sneed) In 1972 the death penalty became illegal, but was soon abolished in 1976 when it became legal again. (Sneed) The four year period was started when the constitution evolved a document for the first time explaining that the…

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