The Death Penalty Should Not Be Legal

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The Death Penalty Should Not Be Legal
The death penalty should not be legal because of two major reasonings. These reasons are, the death penalty takes the lives of many innocent people, and it also costs too much.
The death penalty should not be legal because innocent people are wrongly convicted and killed. According to the Death Penalty Information Center, it puts innocent lives at risk. At least 4.1% of all defendants sentenced to death in the United States in the modern era are innocent ("Death Penalty." Death Penalty. N.p., 15 Mar. 2014. Web. 02 May 2016). Also according to recent studies, the first major attempt to calculate how often states are proven wrong in the pains of the ultimate punishment. Second reason, people are wrongly convicted is because there are people who get blamed for a crime they did not even commit. According to studies from May of 2012, researchers say there have been over 2,000 false convictions in the past twenty-three years (Aronson, Jay D., and Simon A. Cole. "DNA, Innocence, and the Debate over Capital Punishment in the United States." Web.a.ebscohost.com. Wiley Blackwell, n.d. Web). Also, there are people who confess to the crimes that they don’t even commit. People confess to crimes that they do not commit, because either they just do not want to live, because of the misery or depression they are in, or because they are obligated to do so. This is because the criminal himself might make him or her confess, because they do not want to get

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