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Negative Aspect of Death Penalty

I once saw a bumper sticker that read, "Why do we kill people, who kill

people, to show that killing is wrong?" Suddenly I thought about what I had

read. I am against the death penalty as a solution to crime. Capital

punishment is a sign of a deep sickness in our civilization. Execution is an

act of violence, but you cannot use violence to end violence. The death

penalty is not an effective way to punish a criminal. It is used by the

powerful to pretend that violent crime is under control, and being disposed of,

but in reality the death penalty disposes of the poor, the uneducated, and the

minorities in the world. Even states that use the death penalty seem to have

a higher number of homicides than states that do not use it. Capital

punishment has never been shown to eliminate crime more effectively than

other punishments. If the death penalty isn't lowering the murder rate then

why waste the taxpayers money? It cost more to put a prisoner to death with

any method than it does to keep them incarcerated. Our justice system

shouldn't just execute the criminal, they should also make his life miserable.

Prisons should supply the bare necessities and nothing else. One solution is

to eliminate televisions, libraries, gyms and basketball courts. Even though

our prisons need to toughen up, I do give them credit for taking away a

criminals freedom. Many family members want to see the offenders dead.

The families emotions are understandable, but death is not a solution. The

victims family has to suffer for a lifetime, so why shouldn't the murderer

Another problem is the chance or executing an innocent person. The

executed prisoner cannot be given another chance. In the last hundred years

there have been more that seventy-five documented cases of wrongful

convictions in criminal homicide cases. One example is Walter McMillian

who was released from...

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