Death Penalty Essay

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Death penalty has been an issue for so many decades now. The fight whether to spare the lives of the criminals have been an unending issue. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, “ Death penalty is an execution of an offender sentenced to death after conviction by a court of la of a criminal offense.” If we watched the news, we hear different stories about crimes everyday. Whether it'd be people getting into an accident cause by a drunk driver or people getting killed by someone. We are surrounded by crimes. In fact, criminals could surround us and we don’t even know it. It could be the person we sit next to while we watch movies in the movie theater or the person who stands next in line at the grocery story. Even with death penalty still in effect, people are still not afraid to do crimes. The first article I read is Ending the Death Penalty, starting with a picture of people in front of the state capitol holding a “stop executions” banner. The article first introduces the readers how the death penalty has caused innocent people to be killed. Even DNA evidence has proved that some prisoners on death row were convicted of crimes they had not committed (Ending the Death Penalty, 2008, Para. 1). Then it goes on telling the readers that death penalty could end if one Catholic court justices wanted it to, but no, because they still use death penalty as punishment. According to Justice Antonin Scalia, “Like other human institutions, courts and juries are not perfect. One cannot have a system of criminal punishment without accepting the possibility that someone will be punished mistakenly. That is truism, not a revelation.” (Ending the Death Penalty, 2008, Para. 6). In another part of the article, the writer tells the readers that Catholics have been working to end the death penalty and that they believe, “It should not be used unless there is no other way to protect

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