The argument of whether the death penalty, or capital punishment, is effective or not has been a topic that has been debated for ages. Some people think that it’s barbaric to have an “eye for an eye” mentality while some see it as a way to prevent further crime in our society. Capital punishment is purely an act of violence and that there is nothing more inhumane than to tolerate the killing of a human as a solution for crime or violence.
People that are pro-death penalty often argue that the use of capital punishment will be beneficial because it works as a “warning” and deters other criminals to commit further crime. However there is no scientific evidence that will prove that there is any reasonable connection between a cause and effect relationship between execution in the legal system and further crime. In 2011, FBI released a study on the murder rate in the U.S. The study showed that the national murder rate had dropped 1.5 % since 2010 and this decline had occurred at the time when the use of capital punishment also was decreasing nationally. The northeast of the U.S, which uses capital punishment the least, had the lower murder rate of the 4 regions of the U.S.A. And ironically, the south that uses the death penalty the most also had the highest murder rate.
Capital punishment must not be a part of any justice system thus it’s undeniable that there already have been people that have been sentenced to death even if they were truly innocent and the evidence that would have proven the innocence of these people was only obtained after their death. This is why the death penalty prevents to prove the true innocence of people that have been wrongfully accused. There are cases when the evidence to prove someone innocent is very hard to obtain and it takes a lot of time to gather the evidence to court and because there is a limited time to appeal for the death penalty sentence, it’s usual that the wrongfully accused people already have...