The Death Penalty Should Be Abolished Essay

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The death penalty is no doubt a just punishment to any person that purposely takes another man’s life. The Bible confirms that “whosoever shades man’s blood by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made He man.” (Genesis chapter 9 verse 6). But the first murderer in the bible; Cain, was not executed but was banished for life. It became clear that there is an error in the idea of killing someone that killed another person. Such people should be sentenced to life imprisonment in order to be free from every man’s blood. Abolition of the death penalty will be beneficial to our society because: there is a risk of killing the innocent, the poor that cannot afford good lawyers will always be victims, racial prejudice is an issue …show more content…
When they brought him and other arrestees to a Detention Centre, the fellow students saw him on his school attire and handcuff. If this person were to be prosecuted, he might have been found guilty even though he did not commit the crime.
Also, there are many people now on death row, or serving prison term, for crimes they did not commit. A good example of such people is Thomas Arthur. According to report from death penalty information web site; the Alabama state death row inmate had sat on death row for twenty years for crime he did not commit. The report reads, “The State of Alabama will execute another innocent person on 09-27-09 unless you reach out and act NOW to help fight for his life.” (Paine, 1998).There are so many people in this category all over the world dying and suffering for crime they knew not about. Our jail/prisons are overcrowded today not just with habitual offenders; many of them are innocent of their charges. Similar to Thomas Arthur’s story is Levin “Bo” Jones of Kenansville, NC who spent 15years of his life in prison, most of which was spent on death row. He was released because he was found to be innocent of the crime that put him in prison. The report said that his release came as States ramp up executions in the wake the U.S. Supreme Court decision approving lethal injection. (Paine). Imagine what would have become of Levin Jones; he…