1. Executions cost more than life in prison.
2. The innocent may be wrongly executed.
3. Is not a deterrent; crime rates have not gone down
4. Life in prison also guarantees no future crimes.
5. Some religions forbid death penalty: Catholic, Presbyterian, Quaker, Amish, and Mennonite.
6. Killing is wrong
7. Many Death Row inmates were convicted while being defended by court-appointed lawyers who are often the worst-paid and most-inexperienced and least-skillful lawyers.
8. Violates international human rights laws.
9. No longer practiced in most sophisticated societies.
10. Promotes killing as an OK solution to a difficult problem.
11. Death sentences are handed down arbitrarily, not in a fair manner.
The American Civil Liberties Union holds that the death penalty inherently violates the constitutional ban against cruel and unusual punishment and the guarantee of due process of law and the equal protection of the laws. The imposition of the death penalty is inconsistent with fundamental values of our democratic system. The state should not arrogate unto itself the right to kill human beings, especially when it kills with premeditation and ceremony. We shall therefore continue to seek to prevent executions and to abolish capital punishment by litigation, legislation, commutation, or by the weight of a renewed public outcry against this brutal and brutalizing institution.
Opponents of capital punishment say it has no deterrent effect on crime, wrongly gives governments the power to take human life, and spreads social injustices by disproportionately targeting people of color (racist) and people who cannot afford good attorneys (classist). They say lifetime jail sentences are a more severe and less expensive punishment than death.
"If we execute murderers and there is in fact no deterrent effect, we have killed a bunch of murderers. If we fail to execute murderers, and doing so would in fact have deterred...