Capital Punishment Should Be Abolished Essay

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More than 18,000 Americans have been executed since the creation of the death penalty in colonial times (University of Alabama). The sentence of death for the punishment of a murder in the United States has declined in recent years. In 2014, the number of new death sentences was 72, the lowest level in many decades. Unfortunately, the U.S. fails to recognize capital punishment as a profound human rights violation and as a frightening abuse of government power. There are both pros and cons to capital punishment, but many people are against it. The innocent people put on death row, the cost, the lack of proven deterrence and discrimination within the system are all reasons capital punishment should be abolished. The death penalty can…show more content…
U.S Attorney General Janet Reno stated on January 21, 2000 that “I have inquired for most of my adult life about studies that might show that the death penalty is a deterrent. And I have not seen any research that would substantiate that point (Reno).” Studies in Oklahoma and California failed to find that capital punishment had a deterrent effect on violent crime and, in fact, found a significant increase in stranger killings and homicide rates after the death penalty had been reinstated (Bailey). According to a survey conducted by Radelet and Lacock in 2009 of the former and present presidents of the country’s top academic criminological societies, 88% of these experts rejected the notion that the death penalty acts as a deterrent to murder (DPIC).We are unable to tell if the death penalty truly has a deterrent effect because once someone is killed they can go back out into society and commit another crime; they are dead. In its Apr. 9, 2007 website presentation titled "The Death Penalty: Questions and Answers," the American Civil Liberties Union offered the following statement: “There is no credible evidence that the death penalty deters crime more effectively than long terms of imprisonment. States that have death penalty laws do not have lower crime rates or murder rates than states without such laws
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