Death Penalty Government Sanctioned Homicide Essay

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In the United States we take great pride in that we are an open free country that welcomes anyone from around the world looking for a better life. Therefore, it is surprising that we surpass other countries in the number of people that are incarcerated in our jails and prisons. Even more startling is the fact that among all the Nations in the world the United States is constantly in the top five nations that executes the most prisoners. The number one reason why most prisoners in the United States are on death row is for capital crimes, such as homicide. Homicide as defined by Merriam-Webster Dictionary is “the act of killing another person” (Merriam-Webster, Incorporated, 2014). The death penalty is an archaic form of punishment that has been plagued with an alarming number of controversy’s and mishaps that has leaders from all over the world calling for an end to this cruel and unusual form of punishment. The leaders of the civilized world are calling for an end to the horrifically botched death penalty cases, and the number of innocents on death row. Another controversial topic is the staggering amount of money that is needed for just one death penalty case versus life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Around the world people are beginning to wake up and realize that taking another person’s life as a form of punishment is not only archaic, but also constitutes cruel and unusual punishment. The United Nations has been making some of the most advances…