5 Feb. 2014
Murder in the First
The death penalty is the execution of an individual who has been convicted of a capital crime. It is cruel and unusual punishment imposed by our legal systems. Although the death penalty is a punishment that has been around for ages, it is a form of premeditated murder that is excused in the name of justice.
There are many reasons to oppose the death penalty. The belief that the death penalty is a deterrence to crime is not credible and more importantly, innocent people have been put to death. Capital punishment cases cost more for tax payers than a sentence to life in prison. A large majority of those serving time on death row are there because they are poor and or have inadequate legal representation (nodeathpenalty.org). It offers no more peace of mind to victim’s family than a life in prison sentence, which is an alternative to the death penalty.
The death penalty is a punishment in which violates the constitution. The eighth amendment states “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted” (constitutioncenter.org). The law tells us that killing is wrong. If a person commits murder, they will be punished under that law. When that crime is determined to be the most heinous, the person will then be put to death themselves. The system murders a murderer and it is written off in the name of justice. This is a flawed system.
There is not one system that is perfect in every way. The death penalty is not excluded from this. Mistakes within the justice system have been made in numerous capital cases. The result of these mistakes can lead to the execution of innocent people. In the United States, “143 inmates on death row have been exonerated since 1973”. On average, five lives per year were saved due to exoneration (innocenceproject.org). When advancements were made in technology, DNA testing proved several inmates...