Abolishing The Death Penalty In The United States

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The Death Penalty Danielle Mitchell June 21, 2013 ENG/215 Kathryn Geranios As we people grow up they are told that killing is bad and that it is wrong; meanwhile, our government is killing people as “punishment” of a crime. It is ironic how we are told not to do something, and the same people telling us not to kill are doing the killing. There are 32 states that have capital punishment. Those 32 states need to abolish the capital punishment for good because there are people who get wrongly accused, it is an inhumane way of dealing with crimes, scientific studies…show more content…
However, if there is someone’s life at risk, mistakes are not a good idea. The death penalty is a form of murder performed on the government’s behalf. As the United Nations, we have taken pleasure in our government with its truth and justice. It is sad to know that we, as people, consider our government fair, yet the same rules that apply to us do not apply for them. If someone kills a person he or she will be punished, but the government can kill people not only without punishment, but it is also enforced. What type of statement is this saying to American citizens or other countries, if we say this country will murder its own people? Not only that a country that supports the most horrible way to punish a person? Innocence and the Death Penalty states “The vast majority of countries in the world have now abolished the death penalty in law or practice. The numbers are as follows: Abolitionist for all crimes: 96, Abolitionist for ordinary crimes: 9, Abolitionist in practice: 34, Total abolitionist in law or practice: 139, Retentions: 58” (Innocence and the Death Penalty). Not anyone, not even the government should have the privilege of deciding if a human being deserves to die. Our rights as people, which the government cannot take away from us, involve the right to live. People are not collectables who lose their worth; no action can make people any less of a person no matter how horrible his or…show more content…
This procedure is a must to make sure people that are innocent do not get executed for something they did not do, and this still does not guarantee the person being executed is not innocent, there is still always that chance floating around. The community would have a tremendous amount of money, which could better the community if people would do away with the death penalty and just punish people with life in prison without parole. This could save us millions, and it also guarantees the community is safe and at the same time it removes the possibility of executing an innocent person. Innocence and the Death Penalty states “More than 3500 men and women have received this sentence in California since 1978 and NOT ONE has been released, except those few individuals who were able to prove their innocence. California could save $1 billion over five years by replacing the death penalty with permanent imprisonment. California taxpayers pay $90,000 more per death row prisoner each year than on prisoners in regular confinement. California Cost Studies: Executing the Will of the Voters: A Roadmap to Mend or End the California Legislature's Multi-Billion-Dollar Death Penalty Debacle (2011) California has spent more than $4 billion on capital punishment since it was reinstated in 1978 (about $308 million for each

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