The Death Penalty Is Unfair, Inhumane, and Ineffective Essay

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Although the Eighth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution clearly prohibits “unusual and cruel punishment”, the United States Supreme Court in the 1947 case of Louisiana ex rel. Frances v. Resweber ruled that the death penalty is not cruel or unusual, and it is still in practice (Hartley 1). While all the other democratic countries have already abolished the death penalty, it is still legal in most of the states. As for today, thirty-five out of fifty states have capital punishment statuses. The state of Texas “had carried out slightly more than a third of all the executions in this country” (Death Penalty Progress). An issue of should or should not the death penalty be constitutional is at its rise for about three decades now, since the …show more content…
If an innocent person is wrongly jailed, the error may be corrigible to some extent; however, if the ultimate punishment is used, the error is impossible to revise, and consequently, to save the guiltless soul.

Another argument of those who are in favor of death penalty is that capital punishment can help to prevent future crimes by placing actual costs on the committing of serious crimes. Nonetheless, according to the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty research, in those states where the capital punishment is prohibited there are fewer crimes committed than in those with death penalty in practice (Enquirer 1). Therefore, it is surely true that two wrongs cannot do any right. The Declaration of Independence, a document respected by every American, states that every person has the natural right to live; hence, by executing a person, even a criminal, the state violates this right. In addition, a University of Texas study discovered “an increase in the homicide rate in the days before and after an execution in the state of Texas” (Cincinnati 1). The message is clear - violence, even ruled constitutional, leads to more violence.

Other belief of proponents of capital punishment is that “retribution is the primary purpose of just punishment” (Top 10 Pros and Cons). These people believe that every person living in a just society should receive what he or she deserves, and if someone took other person’s life, the

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