The Death Penalty Is Effective Or Not?

851 WordsOct 22, 20144 Pages
Death Penalty has been and still is one of the biggest controversies in the United States and internationally. People have been discussing and debating whether or not the death penalty is effective or not. As opposers would argue, the death penalty deters crime and the criminals deserve it; however, the death penalty is a very costly procedure and time consuming as well as ineffective. David Muhlhausen, a Senior Policy Analyst in the center for Data Analysis at the Heritage Foundation, ironically states, “Federal, state, and local officials need to recognize that the death penalty saves lives.” It does not save lives – it kills. The Innocence Project is an organization that deals with people who have been exonerated and later proved not guilty. These people were convicted, blamed, and was thoroughly carried through te entire judicial process only to be accused guilty when they were not guilty. According to Nick Gillespie, the co-author of The Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What’s Wrong with America, there are at least 18 innocent individuals that were exonerated. These were just the people that were documented; there could have been many more that was not officially recorded. Imagine all of the wrongfully convicted victims of the Death Penalty. Many innocent lives were lost because of this process that supposedly save lives. If the death penalty was abolished, many lives would be saved. As Muhlhausen pointed out, the death penalty “deters
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