A Summary On Capital Punishment

1345 Words Jun 6th, 2015 6 Pages
Sean Starosta
Mr. Cobb
American Literature
May 26, 2015

Capital Punishment In 1939 Joe Arridy was convicted and executed for the 1936 rape and murder of a Pueblo Colorado schoolgirl despite serious doubts over his competence and guilt. Fast forward seventy two years and capital punishment is at its lowest rate in years, murder rates are at some of the lowest levels on record (Johnson). and Colorado governor Bill Ritter grants Arridy an unconditional pardon based on an “overwhelming body of evidence” and “an admission of guilt by someone else.” This is one of many cases where citizens have been executed for crimes they did not commit (“Executed”). Consequently, concerns of the constitutionality and morality of the death penalty are at the forefront of public focus. Additionally, even the effectiveness of this punishment is being called into question. According to the National Center for Victims of Crime, “The criminal justice system is the set of agencies and processes established by governments to control crime and impose penalties on those who violate laws” (“The Criminal”). A quick judgment says that both of these purposes are effectively achieved through the use of the capital punishment system. However, upon further review it is seen that the death penalty does not function effectively within the bounds of the criminal justice system in terms of crime deterrence and penalization, thus reviving the age old question of government condemning its people to death.…

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