Essay on The Death Penalty Should Be Legal

1250 Words May 5th, 2016 5 Pages
Expunge the Death Penalty

“To take a life when a life has been lost is revenge, not justice”, Desmond Tutu. The death penalty is one of the most violent punishments. Even though the death penalty rids society of the criminal forever, the death penalty can have many negative effects. The death penalty is more expensive than life in prison, does not deter murders, lowers the value of life, can be a product of racism, and people can be wrongfully convicted, without time to be proven innocent. The death penalty brings out heavy emotion, regardless of which way you believe. However, there are several reasons why punishments other than the death penalty should be used. The death penalty cost considerably more than other punishments. The evidence shows that the death penalty does not prevent the act of murder. There have also been multiple cases of innocent people being executed first and proven innocent later. The system has a disproportionate number of minorities who have been condemn to the death, which could easily be interpreted as a racial issue. Finally, putting a person to death, even if done by a government, lowers the value of life overall. Society does not need to have another reason to decrease the value of life. For the these reasons, which will be discussed in further detail, it is clear that the death penalty should no longer be used as a punishment. The cost of cases where the death penalty is sought can be almost ten times more than those…

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