April 21, 2011
The history of death penalty goes all the way back to the fifth century B.C. It used to be the only way to punish any type of crime; and has further been changed to punish extreme crimes. Death penalty in America is awfully rare, though it still exists. Only about 30 people in America each year are executed, and though that may seem like a small amount, it should be zero. I believe the death penalty is wrong, and should be completely banned from the United States. Everyone makes mistakes, and I’m not saying they deserve a second chance, but death does not seem like the correct way to deal with the situation. Death penalty not only punishes the criminal, but their loved ones as well.
Parents should never have to be without their children, a child should never be without their guardian, brother and sisters should never be separated, and the love of your life should never have to be without you. We are only human, we all do the best we can to keep sane, but what about our backgrounds? What about how we grew up? It’s not fair to just get rid of a human life because they might have insanity issues, or they just plain lost it. Also imagine losing someone you love, that was actually innocent.
The legal system is not always correct, in the last 30 years in the United States over 100 people have been released from death row because they were acquitted by DNA evidence. If new evidence wouldn’t have been obtained, all these innocent people, that were found guilty by a reasonable doubt, would have been killed. In most cases today, DNA evidence is not available; this means the government is pretty much guaranteed to execute an innocent person on some occasions. For this reason alone the death penalty needs to be abolished.
I understand some people’s point of view when they say death penalty is for the greater good, possibly taking a huge threat out of being harm to society,...