Death to the Death Penalty

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Life is the most precious good that a human being possesses. Therefore, it is not a coincidence that one of the first human rights listed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is the right to life. The third article states that a person has the right not to be killed by any other human being, and this is where the nations that apply the death penalty are failing (Source 1). The death penalty or capital punishment is a legal process in which a person is executed as a punishment for committing a crime. It is still used in over 50 nations worldwide. Centuries before the Universal Declaration of Human Rights existed, important civilizations such as the Mesopotamian, Greek, and Roman Empires used death to punish criminals for their…show more content…
It has been proven that 1 out of every 10 people sentenced to death are actually innocent. Since 1976, 1300 people have been put to death and the statistic indicates that about 130 of them were innocent (Source 4). One hundred thirty lives ended unfairly, one hundred thirty families were affected without any justification, one hundred thirty people lost their one and only chance to live just because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time, but the right to life was violated 1300 times. When a person is killed, there is no way of bringing him or her back to life, while a person that is sentenced to life imprisonment without parole can be released of prison once his or her innocence is proven. As Freddie Lee Pitts, an exonerated prisoner said: “You can release an innocent man from prison, but you can’t release him from the grave” (Source 4) The United States of America cannot carry with the responsibility of killing an innocent person because there is nothing that can fix that mistake. As a matter of fact, the death penalty not only has a terrible psychological effect on the prisoners but also on the workers who have to deal with them. This is the reason why international organizations such as the United Nations qualify the punishment as inhumane. In the case of the prisoners, the death row has a devastating effect on their brains. The Death Row Syndrome damages the

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