The Death Penalty Should Be Banned Essay

1163 Words Mar 6th, 2016 5 Pages
Over the past 20 years, death sentences and executions have decreased by more than 60 percent nationwide. The death penalty is being used more sparingly where it is still legal, and has been outlawed in 18 states. The death penalty is ceasing to exist, and therefore, should be ended altogether. It is time to remove the death penalty once and for all because it is rarely even used nowadays, it is a lengthy and costly process, and the system is majorly flawed. First of all, the death penalty has been heading toward extinction for many years now. While it does still exist, there are only a few select states that still use it. Besides the ones that have banned it, many states have put a moratorium on it, meaning it is still legal and that defendants stay on death row, but that governors are not signing off on any executions. Richard Dieter, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC) stated, “If the death penalty is being used by only a small number of states, and if there is a clear national trend away from capital punishment, the Supreme Court could find that it has become a cruel and unusual punishment under the Eighth Amendment” (Dieter, Source G). This means that since the use of the death penalty has reached an all-time low, that the Supreme Court could outlaw this form of punishment nationwide if opposition continues to increase. The increasing issue of innocence has also played a part in the decreasing popularity of the death penalty. And when…

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