Why Capital Punishment Should Be Illegal

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Capital Punishment: Why it should be Illegal People may think capital punishment is a good thing that the criminals deserve to die for the horrible crime they have committed. But the truth is that capital punishment is expensive, it violates the U.S Constitution, sentencing someone to jail for life is a worse punishment than being sentenced to death, and the death penalty goes against God and several religious beliefs. There are also innocent people on death row and that the death penalty is not a crime deterrent. These are some reasons why it should be illegal to give criminals the death sentence. The first reason why people should consider illegalizing the death penalty is that life in prison is cheaper than executing a criminal. A…show more content…
The sixth commandment says thou shall not kill. Clearly people are going against that commandment by putting a criminal to death (Phillip n.p). No matter what putting someone to death is a serious sin and nothing makes it okay. Another reason to get rid of the death penalty is that it does not even deter crime. Why have a capital punishment system that does not change the crime rate. “Scientific studies have consistently failed to demonstrate that executions deter people from committing crime any more than long prison sentences” (“The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty” n.p). Other states where the death penalty is illegal their crime rates are lower. “For example the murder rate in the US is 6 times that of Britain and 5 times that of Australia. Neither country has the death penalty as a form of punishment. Texas has twice the murder rate of Wisconsin, also a state that illegalized the death penalty” (“Reasons to be Against the Death Penalty”n.p). The last reason why the death penalty should be illegal is that there are innocent people on death row. If an innocent person is wrongly executed people cannot fix that mistake. “Since the reinstatement of the death penalty, at least 139 men and women have been released nationally” (“The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty” n.p). For some criminals on death row it is too late for them a lot of innocent people have been executed. For 7 death row inmates executed, 1 inmate has been found to be
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