Capital Punishment Should be Abolished (Our Court System Makes Mistakes (A…
Capital Punishment Should be Abolished
It's cruel and unusual punishment.
Hanging is still legal.
Burning used to be a method, and was used on 65 people.
Electrocution is still legal.
It goes against the 5th amendment.
it takes away the right for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness
On average, maintaining people on death row costs tax payers about 90k more per year than a prisoner with a life sentence.
Cases without the death penalty cost about 750k, while cases including the death penalty cost about 1.3 million because of pretrial costs.
Our Court System Makes Mistakes
144 people that were on death row were later proven innocent.
It could discriminate against minorities because they can't afford good attorneys.
Robert Pruett, who was executed in 2017 was framed for a stabbing, and he was later proven innocent.
A study by the "proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences" said that one in every 25 people executed is innocent.
This leads to the question: is the death penalty worth the chance of killing an innocent citizen?
It doesn't benefit the families of the victim or of the accused.
The family of the accused would be hurt because the government is punishing them too by taking away their son or daughter from them, even though the family was probably innocemt.
Lula Redmond, a Florida therapist who works with family members of murder victims said, "more often than not, families of murder victims do not feel the relief they expected to feel after the execution."
To me, the death penalty kind of seems like an easy way out for prisoners if the crime is serious enough. At least I know I would rather receive the death penalty than a life sentence. So if the family is looking for "justice" or "payback", I don't think the death penalty is the answer.
There is little evidence that says the families of the victims feel relief from putting the criminal to death.