Capital Punishment Is Barbaric Essay

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Who are we, any of us, to decide whether or not the man standing next to us, murderer or otherwise, is “no longer fit to be among us”? Capital punishment is used for such crimes as treason, murder, terrorism, kidnapping, and even for perjury causing the execution of an innocent person. It has been debated for years, whether or not the death penalty is just. And over two-thirds of the countries in the world have disallowed any form of government from practicing the death penalty. In the Eighth Amendment of our Constitution it is stated that cruel and unusual punishments, such as death, shall not be inflicted upon a man. The insertion of this small statement in one of the documents that our country was built upon is proof of man’s ability to…show more content…
Still, out of the thousands who have been executed there is no surefire way to know whether or not innocent people are being killed. According to the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, people have been put to death on several accounts in which it was later found that they were innocent. But for some reason, this isn’t what people see. What they see is families being torn apart by the deaths of innocent people, and what they want is justice. But killing another human being is not justice; murder is cruelty and should not be tolerated in any scenario. In July of 2008, The California Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice reported that “…by using projections, the Commission estimates the annual costs of the present system after implementation of reforms ... will be around $232.7 million per year ... and a system which imposes a maximum penalty of lifetime incarceration instead of the death penalty will be something in the neighborhood of $11.5 million.” Not only does the emotional cost take a toll on our society, but there are literally millions of dollars being spent on the only legal form of homicide. The worst part of the entire situation is that there’s an obvious solution, one that Pro-Death Penalty advocates seem to repeatedly ignore. The offenses that these people are committing should not go unpunished by any means, but there are a thousand other alternatives that
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