The Death Penalty Should Be Abolished

2007 Words Apr 20th, 2016 9 Pages
Albert Einstein, a physicist and philosopher of science, “once said, no problem can be solved with the same level of thinking that created it” (Einstein). The intelligent man expressed his ideas clearly that if a killer kills someone and we also kill the killer then what would be the difference between us and the killer because we both are killers. The Death penalty was influenced by Britain. The practice was brought by European settlers for practice in U.S. The first recorded execution in the new colonies was Captain George Kendall in the Jamestown colony of Virginia in 1608. Kendall was executed for being a spy for Spain (“Part I”). According to the Death Penalty Information Center, 31 States in the United States allow the death penalty and 19 states do not allow the death penalty (“Deterrence”). The death penalty should be abolished in our society because it is not an effective crime deterrent, it puts a strain on our economy, it may result in the loss of innocent lives, and it promotes racial discrimination.
According to Amnesty International Organization, as of July 2015, 101 countries have abolished the death penalty for all crimes in law, while 140 countries still have death penalty in law or practice. The United States is one of the countries in worldwide that still uses the death penalty. In the US, more than 3,200 people live on death row. Since 1976, when the death penalty was restored, more than 1,200 people were executed in the United States. More than…
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