The Execution of Death Penalty

1385 WordsJan 9, 20186 Pages
The Death Penalty Introduction As of 2010, thirty-four States have some form of Death Penalty, while twelve States plus the District of Columbia have no Death Penalty. The number of Death Penalty executions from 1977 2010 by color-coded States follows: (Death Penalty Information Center, 2012). The basic dispute involving the Death Penalty is whether or not it should be abolished. This dispute has raged for decades in the United States and people on both sides of the debate appear to be equally passionate. Anti-Death Penalty individuals propose numerous arguments for banning the Death Penalty; this paper will address three of them: some innocent people are sentenced to death; the Death Penalty is administered arbitrarily; and the Death Penalty is not a deterrent. After presenting those three anti-Death Penalty arguments, the pro-Death Penalty responses will be examined. Anti-Death Penalty Arguments One argument against the Death Penalty is that innocent people are wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death. While the "Innocence Project," associated with the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, was not established to abolish the Death Penalty, many of its findings support the "innocent convict" argument. The "Innocence Project" maintains that people have been wrongfully convicted due to: "eyewitness misidentification; invalidated or improper forensics; false confessions/admissions; forensic science misconduct; government misconduct; informants; and bad
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