Death Penalty: Unfair and Unjust Punishment

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Death Penalty: Unjust and Unfair Use of a Final Punishment Abstract I have concluded based on my research, that capital punishment in the United States is unreliable, defective and faulty. In this paper I will discuss the controversial issues related to the death penalty. I will provide examples of how unreliable, defective and faulty the judicial system has become dispensing the death penalty. I will support my position with documented research, examples and information that I have obtained while working as a police officer and criminal investigator for the past twenty years. Although there are many reasons, we will only explore four of the many reasons why the death penalty is an unjust and unfair deterrent for crime and why it should be abolished. First, the death penalty does not deter others from committing the crime of murder. Second, many who are charged with the crime of murder are unable to mount an effective defense since they are unable to pay for the high end lawyers who have a number of resources that are not available to public defenders. Third, in many cases the decision to move forward with a death penalty case is at times politically driven. Lastly, those that continue to support the death penalty have lost faith in our criminal justice system. The debate over use of the death penalty has been occurring in America is dated back to the colonial times (Clear & Cole, Reisig, 2011 p546). Often the decision to impose capital punishment is not the crime itself but based on a person’s race, economic status and at times even politics. While reviewing a recent study conducted by Columbia University Law School found that two thirds of all capital trials contained serious errors. When the cases were retried, over eighty percent of the defendants were not sentenced to death and seven percent were completely acquitted. Even with this

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