The Death Penalty Should Be Abolished

1403 WordsSep 18, 20146 Pages
It’s been said that looks could be deceiving. For Ronald Cotton, this was definitely the case when he was accused of a crime that he did not commit but really it was Bobby Poole who was an exact image of him; he had to spend 11 years of his life in prison before getting his life back. (Weinberg 358-359). Flaws such as this in our justice system are a reason why abolishing the death penalty is still a controversial debate. The legal system is there to defend the cries of the innocent, yet it cannot seem to determine who the innocents are. Until the voice of its people can be defended, the death penalty should be abolished. It is administering its punishments hoping they have the right perpetrator. It’s basically a guessing game and that should not be the case when it comes to who will end up getting deprived of their life. The death penalty is a racially biased system that is sometimes unfairly administered to innocent people not guilty of a crime and also leaving the family of defendants with a burden of a shameful and isolating image. The death penalty dates back to when America was granted its independence from England. Although it was not as controversial as it is now, the death penalty was already enacted into our justice system from the onset of our nation. Throughout the years, the anti- death penalty movement has been fighting to abolish the death penalty in the United States. Initially, abolitionists of capital punishment were arguing that the death penalty was
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