The Death Penalty : An Effective Reliable Tool

904 WordsSep 28, 20154 Pages
In recent years, the death penalty has been a frequent topic of discussion, as our recent technological advancements have evidently led individuals to consider the “new found” legitimacy of our court systems, as statistics display that our previous racial bias and the apparent morality of the practice itself have a miniscule impact on our conviction rate. Both the advancements and ethics that the death penalty provides become apparent through the utilization of anecdotes and statistics, as the death penalty has prevailed as an effective and reliable tool in regards to the conviction process. To begin with, the several advancements that have occurred since the introduction of the death penalty have evidently made the practice more reliable, as they’ve allowed us to convict individuals accurately and virtuously. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, “modern science can reliably and with great accuracy distinguish between DNA’s of individuals”. As indicated within the text, our modern advancements have made DNA testing extremely legitimate, as long as the DNA itself has been collected and stored properly. Our justice system believes in the reliability of this test to the extent that they are applying it to old cases in hopes of inhibiting any wrongful deaths, which was the case for Frank Lee Smith. Though Smith died before the completion of the DNA testing, the proof of his innocence would have ultimately taken him off death row. Our modern technological advancements
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