Capital Punishment is Not an Effective Crime Deterrent Essay

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While Capital Punishment has been one of the most feared things of our

time, it is still being questioned if it is unconstitutional. The Death Penalty

is being enforced in more than 100 countries in the world and are usually

used in politically-related cases. Although it has been the case in many

countries throughout the world it has been said that the Death Penalty is "cruel

and unusual punishment" which is a direct violation to the Bill of Rights.

Capital Punishment is a certain copy of the earliest days of slavery, when you

had no rights or any different opinion, and like then, executions have no place

in our civilized society. The Death Penalty, throughout it's years of existence,

has always
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There has been substantial evidence to show that courts have been

impulsive, racially biased, and unfair in the way in which they have sentenced

some persons to prison but others to death. In 1944 Gunnar Myrdal reported in

his book American Dilemma that "the South makes the widest application of the

Death Penalty, and Negro criminals come in for much more than their share of the

executions" Between the years of 1930 and 1940 the African Americans only made

up about 12 percent of the United States' population, but between those times

they also made up about 51 percent of the people that were executed. Juries are

more likely to impose the death penalty on blacks than on whites accused of the

same offense (Administra- tion Office of the Courts). Of the 145 cases studied

by the Administration Office of the Courts it was shown that whites would have

received the death penalty at a higher rate since they met the criteria for

capital punishment more often. Yet, the case studies revealed that this was not

the situation. Is the value of a white life worth more than a person of color?

When Capital Punishment is put into a case and the person has been

killed there is no way to get back from that if they are later found to have

been innocent. If a person is sentenced to life without parole and is later

found to be innocent, that person can still be released, but
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