Capital Punishment and Social Issues

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The Death of Innocents is an awe inspiring yet heartbreaking tale of the potential misconceptions and failings of the capital punishment system. The story, although heartbreaking, does reveal the potential judgment issues that could possibly occur with the death penalty in modern society. Sister Prejean tells the story of two men, Dobie Williams and Joe O'Dell, who were falsely convicted of murder and were killed for it. The heartbreaking tale begins with Dobie Williams, who was convicted for breaking into a house and murdering a woman in her bathroom. Prejean tells Dobie's story with alarming detail. She describes many details including his trial, the misgivings of his lawyer, and the prosecutions account of the actual events that occurred. Proponents for the death penalty believe that it is a deterrent for others who are thinking about committing egregious crimes in the future. They also believe it provides closure for those who have been innocently wronged by the death of a loved one. These individuals usually believe in the principle of, "An eye for an eye," in regards to life. The general principle that is fundamental to the argument for the death penalty is retribution. However, through Prejean's book the possibility of error brings into the doubt the use of the death penalty. The belief is that all guilty individuals must be punished. Because the death penalty is so wrapped up in the law, much of the Death of Innocents is an examination and an indictment of the
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