The Death Penalty Is Not A Systematic Punishment

1943 Words Aug 19th, 2015 8 Pages
We cannot define justice as taking a life to avenge another. Capital punishment, the death penalty, does not discourage law breaking. In fact, studies show that capital punishment could never be directly tied to a decrease in law breaking. In addition, crime rates have escalated since increasing the use of the death penalty. 32 of the 50 states allow the death penalty and since they started using the death penalty there has been over 140 people who have been let off death row because new evidence showed they are innocent. The death penalty is not a systematic punishment. It does not have strict guidelines that say when it can and should be imposed. A group of six to twelve people should not have the power to decide who shall live and who shall die. The verdict fall less on the crime itself but the indefensible aspects: The race, wealth and intellect of the defendant, status and ethnicity of the victim(s), quality of the council and the resources the defense lawyers are capable of obtaining.
The death penalty is an emission from genuine punishment, it is truly an easy escape as far as punishments go because it causes no physical or emotional consequences.
Can you envision solitary confinement for 25 to 50 years? Someone who is sentenced to life without parole in solitary confinement is forced to ponder their crime day after day until they die. This intense level of punishment is much more effective than lethal injections. According to Michelle Brown, solitary confinement…
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