The Pros And Cons Of Death Penalty

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Register to read the introduction… First of all, anti-abolitionists might argue that the death penalty is needed to deter crime, but the death penalty has not been shown to be effective in the reduction of the homicide rate. There are even some indications that executions actually increase the murder rate. Second of all, unfairness created between convicts can not be denied. The poor, males and racial minorities are over-represented among those executed. One pilot study of over two dozen convicted criminals on death row found that all had been so seriously abused during childhood and that they probably all suffered from brain damage. Women convicted of murder are almost never executed; that is a penalty is reserved for men. Third of all, we should remember that there is always a chance of error in the process of trials. Many convicted murderers are later found innocent and have been pardoned. It is impossible to pardon a …show more content…
They found some evidence that suggested that at least 350 people between 1900 and 1985 in America might have been innocent of the crime for which they were convicted and could have been sentenced to death. 139 were sentenced to death and as many as 23 were executed. Finally, the most important and essential argument, that should be taken into deliberation as an opposition to the death penalty is the value of human life. Human life has intrinsic value, even if a person has murdered another. The death penalty denies the sacredness of human life. Live is so precious that nobody should ever be killed, even by the state. Permitting premeditated murder is totally unacceptable, even if done by the state. Capital punishment lowers the value of human life as seen by the general population and brutalizes society. It is based on a need for revenge. It violates our belief in the human capacity for change. It powerfully reinforces the idea that killing can be a proper way of responding to those who have wronged us. I do not believe that reinforcement of that idea can lead to healthier and safer …show more content…
By eliminating a person through the death penalty, people will forget about the person and the act the person committed, which would not serve the purpose of punishment as a deterrent. By letting the convicted of capital crime to live to be reformed and to work on reparation for his or her crime is far more meaningful and effective as a deterrent to similar crimes by others. Stop playing God. Stop violating fundamental human rights. Lets give closure to one of the degrading chapters of our society and prove to the world how civil we really

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