Capital Punishment In Canada

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Essay # 4, Research Essay: Capital Punishment Lawrence Kwak One of the issues that continually create a tension in today's society is whether or not the capital punishment is necessary. Capital punishment is the form of the execution that government carries out on convicted criminal. Capital punishment was removed from the Canadian law in late 1970s. Ever since then, a movement to bring back capital punishment was debated in the Canadian House of Commons couple times but defeated on votes. The fact that this motion was prevented is truly beneficial to Canadians due to many problems with this law. The reintroduction of capital punishment would be detrimental for many reasons. Capital punishment is carried out at overwhelming price to taxpayers,…show more content…
This is truly a bothersome idea because the capital punishment is irreversible. No matter how many precautions are made, there are always going to be mistakes because decisions are made by humans. If the mistake is acknowledged after the execution, then the state would have committed a crime that’s equivalent to the murder. Since the 1900's, at least 416 innocent people have been sentenced to death penalty in the name of justice. (Popular Misconceptions About the Death Penalty, n.d.). One of the reasons that cause these mistakes is the poor representation in courts (Facts & Figures, n.d). Lot of people who are trialed for the capital punishment cannot pay for their own lawyers and governments have to appoint lawyers for them. In many instances, the appointed lawyers are underpaid and lack the necessary experience for the capital punishment cases. This results in poor representation of convicted people in courts and unfair verdicts. Another issue associated with the penalty is that the value of life is lessened. Government should be concerned with the damage inflicted on society when a person is sentenced to be killed by juries. Being put to death by a people does not seem to be that different from a heinous murder committed by a murderer. With all of the media reporting executions like movies, societies become desensitized and accept death penalty as the right way to take care of criminals. By sentencing a person with death, society degrades itself to the level of criminals who have committed atrocious
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