Death Penalty? A Controversial issue

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Death Penalty issues

Submitted: January 07, 2012

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I strongly disagree with the practice of death penalty.  Death Penalty teaches people that it is right to takes someone’s life with enough support and reason. How can the United States, a modern world leader be practicing the practices of ancient Europe, a system used to take the life of millions? One of the most controversial issues surrounding this concept is that during the process of this practice, innocent lives are taken away.  There is no legal system to this date, which can affirm one-hundred percent accuracy. An accusation could only be proven upon proof and statistics, which at times fails to work. How can one decide another’s life base upon proof and statistics, evidence assumed to be effective.  Data shows that in some cases, people have been wrongly accused of crimes, and most alarming given the capital punishment of death. 1 out of 7 people given capital punishment are innocent of charge. Yet, the legal system allows for this practice to continue on, knowing that this may result in mistakes impossible to reverse. Mistakes are inevitable, but taking the life of men by mistake should not be an error, but a shameful act permitted by our government. In economic terms, it is more expensive to execute an individual than to keep him in prison for a life time. According to Dudley Sharp; “Many opponents present, as fact, that the cost of the death penalty is so expensive (at least $2 million per case), that we must choose life without parole ('LWOP') at a cost of $1 million for 50 years.  If true, this will cost the American Tax payer more money.  In the American Constitution there is an amendment that contradicts the death penalty. The 8th Amendment states the following; “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.” This refers to the fact that no American should be punished by cruelty and excessive consequences. How then is our legal system getting away with this? Instead I Propose to assign each criminal a lifetime job that will benefit the community and help pay his expenses in prison, making it easier for the American tax payer, and using a person for something that will benefit the individual and others. After all said and done, Death Penalty is inaccurate and violates our constitution and for that should be banned. 


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