Death Penalty: The Cultural Revolution In China

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In modern China, The number of the death penalty increased rapidly, especially during the period of The Cultural Revolution in China (1966.5-1976.10). It is a wrong revolution waged by a problem-minded leader made common people suffer. At that time, many people were sentenced to death by the government. Because Chinese government thought those people’s idea were contrary to the principles of socialism. My grandmother told me that her father was killed in this way. Fortunately, Chinese leaders started to realize that they needed to kill less and kill cautiously. They also thought the death penalty should only be applied to those who commit the most heinous and wicked crimes. The 1979 Chinese law provides that “The death …show more content…
One of the most important reasons is that the death penalty puts innocent lives at risk. According to the book named Death Penalty Information Center, “The death penalty fails to recognize that guilty people have the potential to change, denying them the opportunity to ever rejoin society.” There was a news story that said a student who studied at Shanghai University. He poisoned his roommate’s tea, because they got into a fight. His roommate died on the way to the hospital. After being arrested, he was sentenced to death, but his classmates and professors asked for the Government to give him a chance. He still was executed. I think it is too cruel to take his life; we should give this young man a chance to change his mind. The views of the majority of citizens in China on the death penalty is still relatively backward, often only emphasizing the positive benefits of the death penalty, while ignoring the negative effects. Almost the same thing happened in the united states, according to the Death Penalty Information Center" Padgett was convicted of murdering his estranged wife in 1990 and was sentenced to death. The conviction was overturned by the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals in 1995 (Padgett v. Alabama, 668 So. 2d 78 (1995)). In October, 1997, Padgett was acquitted of all charges at a retrial. There was some evidence presented that another woman had committed the crime. Padgett 's brothers, children and other …show more content…
This puts the lives of innocent people in danger. According to the Death Penalty Information Center”as of December 31, 2013, 2979 people are still waiting for execution in the death row; 392 were commuted; 3194 people 's death sentence was overthrown., 152 people were convicted of the death penalty..” For example on 1985, Earl Washington Jr. admitted that he had murdered a 19-year-old young mother and was sentenced to death. But Washington 's IQ was only 69. When he was questioned at the police station, his answer was clearly incompatible with the crime. Just a few days before the execution of the death penalty; the lawyers were given an opportunity to suspend execution on suspicion of the case. In 1993, DNA testing proved he was not a murderer, Washington 's sentence changed from death to life imprisonment. Subsequently, further forensic tests also confirmed his innocence. Earl Washington also became the first person to benefit from DNA evidence from the death row escape. But not everyone was as lucky as Washington. There is a sad example that happened in China. On April, 1996 an 18-year-old Inner Mongolia youth, Hugu Jilutu, was allegedly suspected of rape. Inner Mongolia court in the case of significant shortcomings of evidence, just 62 days hastily closed, sentenced to death and immediately executed the suspect. It causes irreparable results. "I do not want to die, I do not want to die, but I have

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