Death Penalty Essay

1956 Words Mar 19th, 2011 8 Pages
There are several reasons to argue for making the death penalty illegal in the United States of America. The United States Constitution does not allow for unkind penalties as a sentence for crime. The death penalty poses many risks to the innocent. World opinion supports the cessation of the death penalty. Poor and minorities suffer disproportionately from the death penalty. Capital punishment is not a deterrent to crime. Putting people to death by capital punishment is not cost effective.
Putting people to death by capital punishment is inhumane and should be illegal. The U.S. Constitution states that, “cruel and unusual punishments (Amendment 8, 1791),” should not be inflicted on its citizens. It is especially cruel in
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On June 26, 2006 the President of the Philippines Macapagal Arroyo passed into law a bill abolishing the death penalty. The bill ratified their 1987 Constitution which states that, “the death penalty shall not be imposed. Any death penalty already imposed shall be reduced to reclusion perpetua” (Article III, section 19(1). In Africa, only six countries continue to impose the death penalty. On September 16, 2005, Liberia acceded to the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, aiming at the abolition of the death penalty. Article 1.2 of the protocol states that, “each State Party shall take all necessary measures to abolish the death penalty within its jurisdiction” (http://www2.ohchr.org).
Because poor and minorities are disproportionately subjected to the death penalty, it should be prohibited. A United States Judiciary Subcommittee in 1994 found that, “minorities are being prosecuted under federal death penalty law far beyond their proportion in the general population” (usdoj.gov). Most court appointed attorneys often lack the experience necessary for capital trials. Since “ninety-five percent of death row inmates cannot afford their own attorney,” (deathpenaltyinfo.org) a court attorney is usually appointed for them. During closing remarks in a murder trial in a 1985 case in Georgia (State v. Dungee), the defense attorney stated that, the defendant “is poor and he is broke. He's got an…

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