Essay on The Death Penalty Should Not Be Legal

1532 Words Mar 7th, 2016 7 Pages
The death penalty has always been a controversial topic across the United States when it comes to the 8th amendment disallowing cruel and unusual punishment. So far, eighteen out of the fifty states have made executions illegal, while three others have halted it under their current governors. Corporal punishments should be made illegal in the remaining thirty-two states. The reasons for this include the execution of potentially innocent victims, the racism involved in deciding who is guilty, and the unreliable consistency of the use of corporal punishment. The use of corporal punishment has never been fair or trustworthy and is not worth the risk that it causes. One of the main reasons that the death penalty should no longer be used as a system of punishment is because of the high possibility of the conviction and execution of those who are innocent who should have never gone to prison in the first place. Kirk Noble Bloodsworth, the director of advocacy for Witness to Innocence has personally experienced this fault in the system “The death penalty will never work. It will always be possible to execute an innocent person. I know. I spent almost nine years in prison, and two years on death row, for a crime I didn’t commit. I was a Marine veteran with no criminal history. But I was arrested for the rape and murder of a child” (Bloodsworth). This is just one of the many examples of innocent people put on death row for crimes that they never committed. Bloodsworth also mentions…

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