Revenge Is Not Justice Essay

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Revenge is not Justice
“With God as my witness, I have been falsely accused of these crimes. I did not commit them. I am an innocent man, and I just pray in the name of Jesus Christ that all this will be brought out. The truth will eventually be brought out.” That is a direct quote from Calvin C. Johnson Jr. that he said in 1983, at his sentence hearing (Hamikian). The death penalty is slowly depleting from countries and more than two-thirds of countries have stopped using is it as a form of punishment (Dying Out). Thirty five percent of Americans oppose the death penalty, which is the highest number in forty years. That percentage needs to be higher and the death penalty should be eliminated. (Strauss). It should not even be an option as
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Also since California started using the death penalty again, twenty-five years ago, only ten people have actually been executed in that state (Prejean). One hundred forty prisoners on death row have had their sentences reduced as a result of an appeal, proving that there are many wrongly convicted people (Strauss). In many cases where an innocent person has been put on death row, much of the evidence that could prove them innocent was misplaced on destroyed (Dwyer, Neufeld, and Scheck). Abolishing the death penalty would terminate wrongful executions and would eliminate the unjust way of punishment (Douthat). A person sentenced to be executed can be on death row for many years. Think of the mental torment, which is over looked, while a person is awaiting their death, especially if they are innocent but wrongfully convicted. As of January 2010 of thirty-six states there were 3,209 prisoners on death row (Pros and Cons of the Death Penalty in the USA).
States that have the death penalty as a form of punishment also suffer from a higher murder rate. In a comparison with Texas, which has the death penalty and Iowa, which does not have the death penalty, Texas had a murder rate of 5.4/100,000 while Iowa’s was 1.1/100,000 (Pros and Cons of the Death Penalty). Also thirty-nine percent of all executions in the United States, since 2003, have been fulfilled by Texas alone Approximately eighty-nine percent of all executions in

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