The Death Penalty Is Not Effective

911 WordsDec 9, 20144 Pages
The death penalty is wrong because capital punishment is not effective in reducing the amount of crime, it claims the lives of innocent people, it is unfair and biased, and most importantly, it is far more costly than a life in prison. The death penalty is not effective in reducing the amount of crime that occurs in our country. There is no evidence that the death penalty discourages or deters crime. The psychological mindset of a criminal is that they are not capable of thinking of the outcome or consequences of their actions when they are committing a crime. The criminals who commit these crimes obviously are not in a normal state of mind, and do not think of outcomes logically or like most people do. Criminals most likely do not sit around thinking, “I won’t commit this murder if I face the death penalty.” Therefore, the use of the death penalty does not help reduce crime, so why use it? People have been released from death rows throughout America due to the evidence of wrongful conviction. Wrongful execution occurs when someone innocent is put to death by capital punishment. Many people are claimed to be innocent victims of the death penalty. Newly available DNA evidence has allowed to exoneration or release of more than seventeen death row prisoners since 1992. DNA evidence is only available in about a fraction of capital cases. The Death Penalty Information Center has released and published a list of prisoners that have been executed but possibly innocent. This is
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