Essay on The Death Penalty Is Wrong

1073 Words Jun 16th, 2005 5 Pages
The death penalty is absolutely outrageous. There is no real reason that the government should feel that it has the right to execute people. Capital punishment is murder just as much as the people being executed murdered. The is no need for the death penalty and it needs to be abolished. It goes against the Constitution which states that there will be no cruel and unusual punishment. There is nothing crueler than killing a person.
A perfect example of the death penalty going awry is the state of Illinois. Former governor George Ryan has put a stay on all executions. This came as a result of finding thirteen death row inmates not guilty of their convicted crimes. Also, by staying executions, Illinois is not spending the three hundred
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But race is still not the only discrimination. "During the 1980s and aerially 1990s, only about 1 percent of all those on death row were women, even though women commit about 15 percent of all criminal homicides" (Bedau).
Discrimination is increasingly less if money is a factor. Chances are that one will not get convicted for the death penalty. "…Associate justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said: "I have yet to see a death case…in which the defendant was well-represented at trial" (Shipp). The same if they have money goes if the prisoner has information for the government, or is a member of the mob. If the murderer was smart enough to travel to a country that opposes capital punishment, the government would most likely reduce that person's sentence to life without the possibility of parole to bring them back to the United States (Shipp).
Many people who are supporters of the death penalty say that it's a successful deterrent. But this isn't true because the death penalty is administered very inconsistently and arbitrarily. "Only a small proportion of first-degree murders is sentenced to death, and even fewer are executed" (Bedau). There are also several states that have a lower criminal rate without using capital punishment. For example Wisconsin, Iowa, and Michigan all get along just fine without the use of the death penalty. Also "…all other Western industrial countries get along quite well without killing their citizens" (Ryan). There are many judges that…