Capital Punishment : The Death Penalty

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Capital Punishment in America
In 1976 the Supreme Court of the United States of America ruled the Death Penalty constitutionally permissible. The debate over capital punishment has always been a topic of great controversy. Before the Supreme Court ruling in 1976 America had been practicing capital punishment for centuries. At the current time some states enforce the death penalty, while some do not. There are differences of opinion’s relating to whether or not the death penalty is the proper way to punish human beings for taking a life, or if death is truly deserved for the horrendous acts they have perpetrated upon another human being. This essay on capital punishment will present several arguments why it is believed that capital punishment should be outlawed in America, followed by a summary of arguments in favor of capital punishment. Execution of the Innocent
One major argument of those who are against the death penalty is execution of the innocent. The death penalty, once bestowed upon an individual is irreversible. Should at a later date evidence reveal that the alleged perpetrator did not in fact carry out the offense, there is no way to reverse the charges against an individual who has already had capital punishment placed upon him. It has been argued by former New York Governor Mario Cuomo that the death penalty has murdered innocent people. “It is believed that at least twenty-three people were wrongfully executed…
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