The Death Penalty Should Not Be Legal Essay

1108 Words Nov 23rd, 2015 5 Pages
The Death Penalty in the United States Would it be right to have a murderer killed, teaching everyone that violence solves everything? Is it fair for someone who was falsely accused to be killed when they are innocent? According to people who support the death penalty, it is. Today, 31 states legalized the death penalty and 1,419 executions have been performed since 1976 (DPIC). The number of death row inmates through April 1, 2015 is 3,002, most of which are from California, Florida, and Texas (DPIC). Some believe that the death penalty maintains justice, righteousness, fairness in society, but being put in jail for the remainder of one’s life is more of a threat than being killed, so crime would increase since the punishment of death would be less threatening. The death penalty should not be allowed in the United States because people who are falsely accused cannot come back and it teaches people that violence is the answer to their problems. People have been falsely accused of crimes all the time, but if people are falsely accused of the death penalty, there is no way to fix any mistakes. This kind of error cannot be made up for. According to Edwin H. Sutherland, PhD, the late President of the American Sociological Society, “‘When the death penalty is used, errors of justice are irreparable’” (14:1). Once someone is killed, there is no way to turn back time. It is practically impossible for court cases to never make a false accusation again, so the death…

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