The Death Penalty Should Not Be Allowed Essay

1323 Words Apr 23rd, 2015 6 Pages
The death penalty is a very controversial matter. Many people are against it, but there are also many people for it. The death penalty should not be allowed in the United States. Capital punishment is inhumane, violates the constitution, it is biased, many innocent people die, it does not make the crime rate decrease, costs a lot, and is morally wrong in many religions. To begin with, it is inhumane and against the constitution. For example, Kill the Death Penalty: 10 Arguments Against Capital Punishment by Dan Brook, states that killing people makes us like the murders. Dan Brook also goes on to say “It’s bad enough that we are victimized by crime in our society; we don’t need to be further victimized by becoming perpetrators and enacting the death penalty and then living with the unfortunate consequences.” In other words we as a country are letting this happen and we are just as murderous as the government is. Even the guilty have a right to life (Meehan). Meehan then states that torture is less than killing, but is not done because it is dehumanizing but “capital punishment is the essence of dehumanization."
Additionally, the death penalty violates the constitution. It goes against the Eighth Amendment which states cruel or unusual punishments will not be inflicted (Caplan and D’Avella pg. 138). One example of this being violated would be the experiment done on Clayton D. Lockett in Oklahoma (Caplan). In 2014 Lockett was executed through lethal injection at the time he…

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