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The Death Penalty Essay

  • Submitted by: jeffshoe
  • on November 17, 2010
  • Category: Social Issues
  • Length: 1,162 words

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The Death Penalty

Jeffrey Shoemaker

SOC 101

Pamela Spence

September 5, 2010

    The death penalty was and will continue to be a divisive subject, not only in the United States but in other countries as well. Many considered it to be a disincentive of violent crime, but the fact is that it has not yet been proven that it works to decrease the number of violent crimes that are being committed daily.

    It is evident that even the judicial systems are hesitant when handing out a death sentence, the reason for this is because the evidence presented has to prove with out any appearance of doubt that the person who is convicted and sentenced is actually guilty of the crime. This cannot be determined in some case, especially since there have been numerous people wrongly convicted, some of these people are innocent but still were convicted of crimes, this has been proved especially   now that many cases are being reopened and the DNA evidence either being presented or   re-evaluated an allowed as evidence.”With the advent of DNA technology and its application to criminal cases, numerous prisoners have been exonerated in the past decade after many years of unjust incarceration, sometimes on death row (Scheck et al., 2000).   DNA testing has transformed our understanding and consciousness of the fallibility of human judgment in the criminal justice system by demonstrating with certainty that errors have been committed repeatedly.” (Warden 2003b)”Now that courts are allowing DNS and the   introduction of DNA evidence it is the responsibility of all   people who are involved with the   penal system to weigh the evidence and try to make sure that the punishment is equal to the crime.

    Research has proven that the U.S. crime rate is continuing to rise; one reason is because of a low conviction rate being reached by our prosecutors.   There are ways in which prosecutors can improve on the number of convictions and that is if the police and prosecutors do their...

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