Essay on Eliminating the Death Penalty

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A phrase commonly presented in American society, “An eye for an eye,” is used to represent the ideology of the death penalty in the US. The death penalty also known as capital punishment is defined as punishment by death for a crime. In its simplest form, it is “state sanctioned killing (Jones).” Recent facts show that as of, “April 1, 2010, there are approximately 3,260 individuals,” waiting for their execution date while on death row in the US (“Death Penalty”) .It has been reported that, “since 1973 over 130 people have been released from death row with evidence of their innocence (“Death Penalty”).” The execution of an innocent citizen, along with the violation of the, “cruel and unusual clause” and the extensive cost of killing an …show more content…
Also, it does not compensate for the emotional distress created after he/she has been wrongly accused and punished. Not only does the death penalty run the risk of killing an innocent citizen, but it also violates the Constitution through the use or threat of “cruel and unusual punishment.” The opposing view might argue that it is only right for the individual responsible for the death of another individual to be killed also, but: “two wrongs do not make a right.” I feel that although one person made a drastic mistake by killing someone else, he/she still should be treated as a human. He/she should also still be subject to the same rights as any other citizen, which includes the right to avoid cruel and unusual punishment. Killing death row inmates to me seems like a hypocritical action which , “devalues the respect we place on human life (Jones). In the US we stress the importance of human life and express the fact that killing is shunned upon, but yet we accept killing as long as it comes from a court ruling. Through the use of this method of “cruel and unusual punishment,” it eliminates the chances of that inmate’s rehabilitation and ruins one’s ability to be a well functioning member of society. Despite the fact that the prisoner would serve the rest of their lives in jail, by taking his/her life, it

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