The Death Penalty Should Be Abolished

926 WordsDec 11, 20144 Pages
The death penalty has been around legally in the United States since the early 1970s. It has been used to execute those who have committed terrible crimes like murder or terrorism. Many people feel that this is a good way of bringing the families of the victims closure and making our streets safer to live on. While this may be true, it is hard to ignore the fact that many innocent people have been killed because of wrongful convictions. Through DNA testing and other evidence, the courts are finding people who have been convicted for a crime are actually innocent. The death penalty has killed over thousands of people who have committed terrible heinous crimes. It has gotten these people out of our streets and into prisons or even out of this world for good. Many people in America find this to be very pleasing and beneficial to the states and country because it is one less criminal we will have to worry about. Even though the death penalty takes many dangerous people out of our streets, it should be abolished because of the number of innocent people that have been on Death Row or are still on it. In their book The Death Penalty, Jenny Cromie and Lynn Zott found that the DNA-testing process is extremely flawed because of the fact that over 250 people have been exonerated from the death penalty because of DNA-testing, and those 250 people have served a combined 3000 years in prison(110). Cromie and Zott go on to argue that 250 people being exonerated in 25 years doesn’t
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