Essay on The Death Penalty Should Be Outlawed

1150 Words May 7th, 2015 5 Pages
The world has made great strides in protecting human life in the last hundred years but a few dark spots remain, one of them being the death penalty. The death penalty dates back to the beginning of time, an eye for an eye and a life for a life, At one time the death penalty may have been needed and may have been a deterrent to crime but, in the modern world there is no place for such a barbaric and cruel ritual. The death penalty should be outlawed because it is ineffective, inhumane, and unethical. Though some may argue that the death penalty is successful at lowering homicide rate and other crimes punishable by death, there is no evidence to back this claim up. That also means that there is no solid evidence that it doesn’t deter crime. However, when police officers were asked about methods that most successfully deterred crime, the death penalty came in last (Šimonovi ́c 70-71). This may be due to the fact that the death penalty is used irregularly and inaccurately, only 5% of convicted murder cases are sentenced to the death penalty (Šimonovi ́c 30). When taking into consideration that the death penalty is final and there is no going back on it, DNA sampling is the only way to guarantee that the suspect is really the one committing the crime. Other forms of evidence such as, eyewitness accounts, confessions, and forensics, are much less accurate. In these forms of evidence there is room for human error, unethical practices, or contaminated samples. Eyewitness accounts…

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