The Ineffective Use of Capital Punishment

1445 WordsJun 15, 20186 Pages
“ An eye for an eye leaves us all blind doesn’t it “. Capital punishment cost the United states a lot of money. The death penalty can be unfair and can cause innocent lives to be took. The death penalty should be abolished because it is an ineffective way of punishment. There are trials that are unjust and many innocent people that have been killed. Putting people to death cost more than sending people to jail for the rest of their lives. Capital punishment doesn’t affect change. Capital Punishment is the legal authorization for killing someone who committed a crime. The first date for which the death penalty first started goes back as far as Eighteenth century B.C, Fourteenth Century B.C.'s Hittite Code, and the Seventh Century B.C.'s…show more content…
There are many factors that lead to wrongful convictions such as, racial prejudice, “snitch” testimony, community and political pressure to solve a case and police misconduct to name a few (amnestyusa.org). Another reason for wrongful convictions some people don’t have or can not afford good legal representation. Race is also a huge factor, a study from University of North Carolina found that if a victim was white then the odds of getting the death penalty increased three and half times (aclu.org). A professor from the University of Iowa found in 1980’s prosecutors in Georgia sought the death penalty for 70% of black defendants and only 15% of white defendants (aclu.org). There are many people who have been convicted with either false evidence or circumstantial evidence. In 25% of innocent cases confessions that are made by people may be false. In 1990 state crime lab analyst said blood was splattered from the wall to the ceiling of the hotel room of patricia jennings.(http://nccadp.org).The crime committed was so brutal that the jury thinks she deserved the death penalty. An audit leaked that the State Crime Law was presenting false blood evidence at trials.(http://nccadp.org).Many people were wrongly convicted for this action. The State had hidden the fact that the spots on the ceiling had tested a negative on the blood that was found. After her lawyer found out about the law he asked for more information from the SBI. In the
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