Abolition Of The Death Penalty

2086 Words Apr 22nd, 2016 9 Pages
Abolition of the Death Penalty: Move Forward, America How can America move forward when they are breaking their own laws and morals in attempt to punish prisoners? Capital punishment, or the death penalty, is the act of killing a criminal whose offense was severe enough. Thirty-one of the fifty states in America practice the death penalty. The lethal injection procedure was first performed in Texas in 1982 and is the primary form of execution in America now (“State by State Lethal Injection”, 1). The injections are typically three separate parts, one to make the criminal unconscious, one to stop the breathing, and the last to stop the heartbeat. Capital punishment is viewed by some as morally good and just, however there is much more to this act of violence than people consider. The death penalty needs to be abolished in America due to the hypocrisy of law, moral being, global recognition, and financial benefits. The first sign of hypocrisy within American law is in the United States Constitution’s 5th amendment. This amendment states that, “[no person should] be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law” (“The United States Constitution”, 5th amendment). “Due process” means that each person is held to the highest standard of respect and fairness when it comes to their trial. Therefore, if the court makes a mistake and the “criminal” is executed then proven to be innocent, they did not have a fair trial and their death is a violation of…

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