The Death Penalty Holds A Crucial, Conflicted Place In

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The death penalty holds a crucial, conflicted place in a nation deeply divided over crime and punishment. What crimes do we as society deem as the point of no return? Casting the perpetrators to their untimely, an early demise. Many people support the death penalty blindly, though most have never bared witness to someone taking their last breaths or heard their last words. Are we as a nation as civilized as we portray ourselves, or are we just as barbaric as those we wish to purge and cleans our society from? When in many studies its proven that the death penalty does deter criminals. Does valuing life over death come with a price? In the article, Facts about the Death Penalty, further proves why the death penalty is the ultimate,…show more content…
However, according the Death Penalty Information Center, it also cost on average anywhere from $20,000- $40,000 per inmate, per year to be jailed in America, and some argue that the cost are high enough to put student through a year of college for less. Since humans are imperfect, the risk of executing the innocent can never be truly eliminated, Michael McLaughlin states that 4% of death row inmates are presumed innocent. Even in today’s society, with all the vast technology available, innocent people are wrongly convicted of death penalty crimes. “To be exact, according to the facts provided by the Death Penalty Information Center one hundred and fifty seven people have been exonerated of death penalty crimes to date, an average of 5 people per year. “(Facts about the Death Penalty, 2017) As a contributing member of society, I am all for capital punishment, if you cannot serve the time, then do not do the crime. However, one innocent person being murdered is unacceptable. A semi know case that comes to mind when thinking of those wrongly convicted, Carlos DeLuna. In 1989, Texas executed DeLuna, a poor Hispanic man with childlike intelligence, for the murder a convenience store clerk. His execution passed unnoticed for years until a team of Columbia Law School faculty and students chose to investigate his case. It was years after DeLuna death, that he was certainly proven innocent—and that another man named Carlos, who was well known to the police and
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