Capital Punishment : The Death Penalty

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Capital Punishment The method of capital punishment, also known as the death penalty, has been used by courts for many years to punish criminals for their heinous acts. As time has progressed since the origins of the death penalty, its methods have evolved and improved. When the death penalty first began, its methods were much more barbaric than they currently are. Previously, those sentenced to death were burned alive, decapitated, drowned, and more. Presently, capital punishment is carried out in ways such as lethal injection and hanging, which can be considered as less brutal forms of execution. There have been many arguments against capital punishment, with many opponents stating that no matter how it is carried out, capital…show more content…
The sufficient solution to the problem of innocent people on death row would be to eradicate the death penalty entirely. Capital punishment is faulted by discrimination within the court system as well. Capital punishment is often a strong example of institutionalized racism. “Capital Punishment: Should capital” states that “more often than not… death penalty cases involve black defendants on trial for allegedly murdering white victims, facing sentencing from an all white jury”. Black defendants accused of murdering white victims had a much higher chance of conviction, whereas white defendants accused of murdering black victims often were not convicted; demonstrating that institutionalized racism within the court systems is common. The percentage of death row inmates is much higher for minorities, in which “of the 1,058 prisoners on death row by Aug. 20, 1982, 42 percent were black, whereas about 12 percent of the United States population is black” (Meehan). While only a small percentage of the United States population is black, a large percentage of death row inmates are black. Meehan furthers her argument by stating, “those who receive the death penalty still tend to be poor, poorly educated, and represented by public defenders or court appointed lawyers”. Discrimination within an unjust court system leads to minorities and poorly educated defendants with a higher probability of receiving capital punishment. The most logical way to prevent this type of
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