The Criminal Justice System locks up innocent people and yet innocent people are still getting killed. Eyewitness misidentification has proven to be the leading cause for wrongful convictions, according to The Innocence Project. The Innocence Project was founded in 1992, for the purpose of assisting prisoners to be proven innocent through DNA evidence. To date, 300 people in the United States have been exonerated through DNA testing. The Innocence Project's attorneys and Cardozo clinic students have assisted in the majority of these cases.
Canada has had a long history with capital punishment dating back all the way to 1749. It was in effect for a long two hundred twenty seven years after being abolished in 1976. Throughout 2 centuries there were many reformations to the death penalty. In Canada there was only one method used for putting someone to death and this was hanging. Today there are many people that believe Canada should bring back the death penalty for some of the more serious crimes committed such as rapes, murders, and terrorism.
Bill of right is a natural right of liberty and freedom which also puts limit on government’s power. Second, difference is In Hammurabi’s Law Code; there is a specific punishment for each unique crime. For example, According to Hammurabi’s Law Code, the punishment for falsely accusing a man of any felony is death and more others punishments like “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth”. And he also sorted his code into groups such as family, labor, personal property, real estate, trade, and business. This was the first time in history that any laws had been categorized into various sections.
These provisions were made as different cases were brought up in front of the Supreme Court and as the jurisdictions of these cases made it necessary to add amenities. Ultimately, the American government is open to change depending on cases that exemplify the need for conformity (U.S Courts). Amnesty International's annual report concluded that in 2004 there were almost 4,000 executions in 25 counties, with more than 90% occurring in the People's Republic of China. The remainder of the executions included Iran, Vietnam, and the United States, along with, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Kuwait, Bangladesh, Singapore, Yemen and Egypt. The death penalty has currently been restricted by 36 states and the federal government.
The Death Penalty Argument Kenya Jones English Composition 100 Professor Savicky 03 June 2012 Kenya Jones Professor Savicky English Comp 100 03 June 2012 The Death Penalty Argument America’s influence on the use of the death penalty came from Britain. The first American settlers brought this practice with them to America. The laws for capital punishment has always varied vary from state to state, however, the usual method to carry out the executions started out as hangings in the early first centuries in Britain. Death sentences have also been carried out by other means such as crucifixion, beating to death, burning alive, firing squads, electrocution, and lethal injection. All of these methods can be considered cruel and unusual punishment.
Although our country’s legal system has evolved greatly since that time, there continues to be great debate about the issues surrounding life in prison versus the death penalty. When we look at the death penalty system in action, many argue that the only purpose it serves is retribution or revenge. It is seriously flawed in application and there is a serious and continuing risk of executing innocent people. Over the years, one hundred thirty people on death row have been released with proof that they were wrongfully convicted. DNA evidence, available in less than ten percent of all homicides, cannot guarantee that we won’t execute innocent people (ACLUNC, 2013).
Cody’s (2011) argument is that of error in relation to sentencing people to death row. He states that 75% of death row prisoners who were sent back for a retrial were found to have a sentence less than death and 7% were acquitted all together. Since 1976, of the 6000 people sent to death row, 80 of them have been cleared of any charges and 12 innocent people have been executed, on record in America. He also argues that America needs to join the majority of progressive and advanced nations and call for the elimination of the death penalty. Australia is one of these progressive countries that abolished capital punishment in 1973 and more recently amended the law which blocks any state or territory attempting to reinstate it (Lennan &Williams 2012).
Also, some new methods of DNA testing have found inmates to be innocent. States are looking into DNA testing to see how accurate it really is and if they are necessary in every Death Row court case. (www.deathpenalty.org) The topic of capital punishment is evident in the world today. The dispute over if it should be allowed or not plays a big role in society. Changes are still being made today to improve the methods and to please the public’s opinion.
Only in some major cases which includes only death of an innocent person with criminal intent. Since majority of inmates sitting on death row are there for murder, I believe the death penalty is a fair sentence and have total confidence in our death penalty. Many people will argue both pro’s and cons to whether the death penalty is effective. It’s been a very controversial subject since the American people are dealing with real peoples lives. Lives of the innocent who has died by the hands of a heartless murderer, and lives of those related to
The usual alternative to the death penalty is life-long imprisonment. The earliest historical records contain written evidence of capital punishment. Applied from ancient times in most societies, it has been used as punishment for crimes ranging from petty theft to murder. The bible called for more than thirty different crimes. The death penalty