PreAP English II 2nd Period
3 February 2017
Executing the Death Penalty
In 2015, over one thousand six hundred and thirty-four people were executed through the death penalty, and eighty-nine percent of them occurred in just three countries alone. The United States is one of these countries, with thirty-two states who allow capital punishment, primarily by lethal injections. Although many people believe that the death penalty is a deserving punishment for criminals, capital punishment is inhumane because it makes us as a society commit the same violent acts we hold criminals accountable for.
Killing anyone is wrong, whether they’re a criminal or not. When any state goes through with the death penalty, they are…show more content… Innocent people could also easily be blamed for a crime they didn’t commit. Anyone can plant evidence to make it seem like someone else is in the wrong, and it could cause the innocent to be punished by execution. Although it doesn’t happen often, the wrongly accused on the death row proves that capital punishment may be more inhumane than you think.
Even after these devastating facts, the death penalty still isn’t being put down in the United States. Thirty two of the fifty states in America allow for capital punishment. Lethal injections are the number one way to execute a criminal in America, and there are many other methods offered in select states. Texas, a state that strongly supports capital punishment, was the first state to carry out lethal injections on December 7, 1982 for the execution of Charles Brooks. Texas is also the first in the number of executions in the United States. If Texas made the death penalty illegal, the number of executions in the United States would decrease dramatically. Electrocution, lethal gas, a firing squad and even hangings still occur in the United States and are secondary options for many criminals in the country.
Capital punishment in many places can also be seen as racially bias. Those who make most of the critical death penalty decisions in this country are caucasian. Many studies have shown that around the