Capital Punishment : Persuasive Essay

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DeAnna Pirrie
ENG 201
Illegalization of Capital Punishment
Audience: Citizens of States with Capital Punishment

“Two wrongs don’t make a right” is a saying that a lot of mothers use with their children regarding their actions. This saying also goes hand in hand with the issue of capital punishment. Capital punishment has been a penalty for crimes in the United States since before the Declaration of Independence was created. Some states have abolished this type of penalty for criminals; however, in some states this type of punishment is still completely legal. Many state governments clearly believe that capital punishment is a valid and moral solution for severe crimes committed in their individual state. Capital punishment, however, is completely immoral, and there are a lot of risks that follow this type of penalty. Capital punishment disregards the eighth amendment in the Bill of Rights, it opposes many religious beliefs, it is expensive for taxpayers, and most importantly it creates the possibility of innocent people being penalized for a crime that they did not commit. The death penalty should be made illegal in all states in the United States in order to protect the rights and safety of the citizens. The eighth amendment in the Bill of Rights specifically states that excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishment inflicted (“Eighth Amendment” It can be argued that capital punishment, also known as
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