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Should the Death Penalty be Allowed?

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People have been debating capital punishment for a long time. Some people believe that the death penalty would help to stop violent crime, while others believe it is morally incorrect. I believe that the death penalty should not be allowed.

People could be falsely accused guilty. On, it states, “Since the 1970s, over 160 people have been exonerated after being initially convicted of a capital crime. Although we may never know how many people have been wrongly executed, there are recent examples of potential innocence. Cameron Willingham was executed for killing his three children in a fire at his home, despite the fact that 8 different experts say the conviction was based on faulty science.” You can’t bring back a dead person. If a person is found to be innocent after they were already executed, it is too late. According to the innocent rate is 4.1%. That’s around one in twenty-five every people wrongfully killed.

The death penalty actually costs more money than imprisonment. On, it says, “With the argument that life imprisonment with no parole is more expensive, opponents say that in general, the government spends more taxpayers’ money in handling cases of death row inmates. This is due to the length and complexity of trials, the number or defenders to be hired and the overall process. They contend that there are two trials the state will spend for. One is for the verdict and another for the sentencing, not including the number of appeals that will be submitted while keeping the convicted prisoner inside maximum security.” Not only will getting rid of the death penalty save innocent lives, but it will also save US citizens money.

For some prisoners, the death penalty could be considered better than getting jailed. made a good point, “For those of you who don’t feel much sympathy for a murderer, keep in mind that death may be too good for them. With a death sentence, the suffering is over in an instant. With life in prison, the pain goes on for decades. Prisoners are confined to a cage and live in an internal environment of rape and violence where they’re treated as animals. And consider terrorists. Do you think they’d rather suffer the humiliation of lifelong prison or be “martyred” by a death sentence?” When given a life sentence prisoners are forced to live with guilt and regret.

Many people would argue that the death penalty helps stop violent crime. In reality, though, the death penalty has little effect on crime. According to, “Data collected in the United States, as some states have capital punishment and others do not, shows that there is a clear discrepancy in the rates of violent crime. It should be in the states with the death penalty, but the opposite is the case. The states which have the most executions also have the highest murder rates. In recent years, Illinois, Connecticut, New Mexico, and New York all abolished the death penalty and experienced a decrease in their murder rate in the following years.” If we have actual data showing that the death penalty doesn’t help crime, then why do we still have it?

The death penalty does little good for the US, so it should be banned.

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Should the Death Penalty be Allowed?