The Death Penalty Discourse With An Unprecedented Effect On The Debate Of Capital Punishment

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The death penalty has been a conversation starter for a long time for many reasons, but the biggest concern is whether or not every inmate currently awaiting their death may not be guilty. Even though capital punishment maybe a conversation starter most people typically have different views regarding whether or not it is right.
Aronson and Cole points out that “Although the death penalty discourse has always been, and remains, multifaceted-encompassing morality, religion, cost, deterrence, theories of punishment, fairness, race, class, and human rights- we suggest that over the past decade innocence has emerged as perhaps the dominant issue in death penalty discourse with ‘ an unprecedented effect on the debate about capital punishment’”
” (Aronson, and Cole 604).
Furthering the last part of the quote, from Jay Aronson and Simon Cole, they are putting emphasize towards the idea of innocence at the front line which has had a remarkable influence on the entire idea of capital punishment itself. According to Ronald Huff “Based on Uniform Crime Report data for 2000 (U.S. Department of Justice 2001), if we assume that the system is 99.5% accurate, we can estimate that about 7,500 persons arrested for index crimes are wrongly convicted each year in the United States” (Huff 109). C. Ronald Huff was employed at the University of California, Irvine, as a professor of Criminology, Law and Society and Sociology, and for a period of time was the School of Ecology Dean. This large

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