The Death Penalty Is Ineffective And Inefficient Form Of Punishment

1777 Words Mar 6th, 2016 8 Pages
Execute Justice Not People
"An eye for an eye only makes the whole world blind” (Dear). Gandhi’s moving words still resonates soundly and influences people’s acts today. He conveyed that violence only breeds more violence and people should not allow hate and bitterness consume them to the point where they cannot forgive but to take vengeance upon another as the ultimate solution. Throughout history, various forms of executions such as lethal injection, electrocution, gas chamber, firing squad and hanging have taken place as a punishment for violent crimes in the United States. The death penalty is an ineffective and inefficient form of punishment and it should be eliminated because it is fundamentally immoral and disrespect for human life, does not deter crime, prolongs the anguish of the victims’ families, costs lots of taxpayers’ money, and worst of all, risks executions of innocent people.
No matter how heinous the crime may be, condemning someone to death violates the right to life and subjects the inmate to the ultimate form of cruel, inhumane, degrading, and primitive punishment. The right to life is the most basic right; and without it, all of the other rights and freedoms are somewhat meaningless. Even convicted murderers retain certain constitutional rights which include the Eighth Amendment 's protection against cruel and unusual punishment. America’s criminal justice system must abolish the death penalty because each and every method of execution has its…
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