The Death Penalty Should Not Be Innocent Essay

889 Words Nov 4th, 2016 4 Pages
Newsweek.com reports, “One in every twenty five people on death row are proven to be innocent, which is 4.1 percent. Since 1973, 144 people on death row have been exonerated; which just so happens to be 1.6 percent. If the percentages match up then that leaves 2.5 percent of people on death row die an innocent man or woman.” People like David Muhlhausen believe the best deterrent to capital crime is the capital punishment; wouldn’t putting them to death relive them from their wrong doings and end their life of misery and regret? Mario Cuomo, former governor of New York, believes capital punishment is inhumane and a misuse of power although we have been using this form of punishment since 1630 when religion was a big part of the government. Even though a majority of Americans believe the death penalty deters crime, it is morally wrong, there are other more effective deterrents, and innocent people are being killed for crimes they did not commit. Many people trust in the death penalty to deter people from committing capital crimes; but there are more effective and efficient ways to prevent these crimes. William Bowers of Northeastern University strongly states “The death penalty has the opposite effect: that is, society is brutalized by the use of the death penalty, and this increases the likelihood of more murder.” He has a belief that the death penalty doesn’t deter the crime, it causes it. Agreeing with Bowers, deathpenaltycurriculum.org argues “States in the U.S. that do…

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