Essay on Captial Punishment

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I agree with the law that people who commit crimes need to be punished for their wrong doings. However, I do not agree with the way that the law thinks that problem should be handled through the death penalty. The bad part about the death penalty is that innocent people are executed, there is racism in the death penalty, the mentally retarded are executed, and the death penalty is costly. As long as the death penalty is maintained, the risk of executing the innocent can never be eliminated. People who are found guilty and sentenced to death row can truly be innocent. It is said by Amnesty International a campaigning movement that works to promote all the human rights that, "since 1973 at least 53 men were released from death row…show more content…
Some people are judged by their past and not by the current crime they are accused of committing and evidence presented in that particular case. When this happens, a person is wrongly accused of a crime he/she did not commit and now has to pay for it because of uninformed people who do not believe a person can change their bad ways to good ways. Racism exists in the death penalty. The majority of death row defendants "since 1977 were executed for killing whites despite the fact that whites and blacks are victims of murder in approximately equal numbers". For instance, "in Texas, blacks found guilty of killing whites were found to be six times more likely to receive the death penalty than whites convicted of killing whites". More black people are likely to receive the death penalty than white people who may have committed the same crimes. This has got to stop. The judicial system should not sentence a person to death because of the color of a persons skin. The judicial system cannot say that the death penalty is right when situations such as these are going on in the United States. There is still too much prejudice and hatred for one another; this makes giving a person the death penalty unfair and unjust. What also get to me is how black people who kill blacks; their sentencing may not be as severe as it would
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