The State Of Nebraska Should Abolish The Death Penalty On The Grounds

1394 Words Nov 8th, 2016 6 Pages
Life is sacred. The majority of people in the state of Nebraska would agree to this. For this reason, taking the life of another has always been considered the most deplorable of crimes, one worthy of the harshest available punishment. Thus raises the question of the death penalty. The underlying question on this issue is if any kind of killing, regardless of reason, can be accepted. Furthermore, the possibility exists that an innocent man or woman may be put to death. One example that illustrates the possibility of a person being convicted of a crime that they did not do is Beverly Monroe’s oral history from The Voice of Witness Reader. Though Beverly was not put on death row, she was wrongfully convicted of first-degree murder, and sentenced to twenty-two years in prison. Beverly is a victim of a miscarriage of justice, and shows that the United States’ criminal justice system can fail. In this essay, I will argue that the state of Nebraska should abolish the death penalty on the grounds that it carries a dangerous risk of executing the innocent, the high cost of putting prisoners on death row, and is an ineffective deterrent of crime versus the alternative of life in prison without parole. The death penalty will always run the risk of executing an innocent person. There have been a number of cases in which those wrongly convicted of a crime have been coerced into a confession by a detective looking to close the case as quickly as possible. Beverly Monroe’s oral history…

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