The Death Penalty In The United States

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Among the many moral dilemmas that the United States faces, the death penalty is one of the most controversial issues of our time period. Currently, there are thirty-two states who allow capital punishment, leaving eighteen states who have banned it (DPIC). Capital punishment is the legalized form of murdering a person without facing the consequences. It is very hypocritical of the United States to turn to murder as a form of serving justice for the supposed well-being of the citizens. The death penalty has proven not be a fair punishment in repeated occasions by depriving both sides of something cherished deeply. The double standards of this country do not bring a lower crime rate, closure to the victims’ family, or invoke the sense of peace …show more content…
Programs to help people progress can be created instead of spending millions of dollars on killing by capital punishment, which will only make the wounds deeper. “Since 1983, taxpayers in New Jersey have paid $253 million more for death penalty trials than they would have paid for trials not seeking execution” (Barnes). A tremendous amount of money is spent on death penalty cases, which is money that can be used for the well-being of people. Life in Prison without the chance of parole would benefit both, the life of the incarcerated person, and the moral values of the citizens. People learn from their mistakes, and if it takes life in prison without parole to realize they did wrong, then so be it. Forgiveness helps heal people emotionally and …show more content…
People fail to realize that they have become desensitized by the corruption of common day movies, games, and news. All of the corruption that we have seen plays a role on what we believe in today’s society, but it takes a courageous and faithful person to know that the death penalty is not correct and should be abolished. Agreeing with the death penalty puts civilians at the same mental level of those who commit murder, because they yearn for the unjust punishment to end someone’s life. After gathering research, roughly 120 out of 3,000 inmates that are currently facing death row might be innocent (Drehle). Many death row cases are based on eyewitness information, because the case lacks leads from other sources, which leaves the prosecutors to relay on the eyewitness, as described in the innocent execution of Carlos Luna (10 Convicts Presumed Innocent After Execution, 2010). Senator Raymond Lesniak explains in his speech at the International Human Rights Competition that revenge will only open the door to evil and redemption will bring out the peace by forgiveness, the following quote is from his speech, “The need for revenge leads to hate and violence. Redemption opens the door to healing and peace. Revenge slams it shut” (Lesniak). It is undeniably hard to imagine why people are for the death

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