Essay about The Case Against the Death Penalty

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In the United States, since the 1970s there have been more than 1270 executions according to the death penalty information center (Fact Sheet), What’s alarming about that number, is the number of people who were condemned to be executed based on race, income and social status alone, targeting those that could not afford good legal counsel, and were appointed attorneys that were “inexperienced and had below appropriate professional standards” (Hessick 1069), which sealed the fate of those literally fighting for their lives, on the day of sentencing. Capital punishment is unconstitutional, and violates human rights; a point of view rarely seen when debating the topic. Everyone talks about deterrence, everyone talks about justice for…show more content…
When we are in a hurry, or doing something hasty, exciting, or we act in the heat of the moment, we get a jolt of adrenaline. According to the American Civil Liberties Union: "Most capital crimes are committed in the heat of the moment. Most capital crimes are committed during moments of great emotional stress or under the influence of drugs or alcohol, when logical thinking has been suspended. Many capital crimes are committed by the badly emotionally-damaged or mentally ill. In such cases, violence is inflicted by persons unable to appreciate the consequences to themselves as well as to others. Even when crime is planned, the criminal ordinarily concentrates on escaping detection, arrest, and conviction. The threat of even the severest punishment will not discourage those who expect to escape detection and arrest. It is impossible to imagine how the threat of any punishment could prevent a crime that is not premeditated.” As we could notice, adrenaline is what makes people speed and do certain things they definitely wouldn’t do if they were not in a stressful circumstance, subsequently, it will be safe to say that most crimes are committed in the heat of the moment, when adrenaline is running high and people are not thinking about the consequences of their actions, therefore not thinking about a future punishment. That’s what makes the death penalty a bogus deterrent against
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