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Should The Death Penalty Be Abolished?

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People make bad decisions that can lead to serious consequences daily, and how they are punished by the law changes for each crime. In an article posted by The Guardian in 2011, they report that after the reinstatement of the death penalty in 1976, “1,264 people have been executed in America” (Rogers). This number may be alarming to some that are against capital punishment, but anticipated by others who stand by this means of retribution. There are many arguments that have been made as to why the death penalty should continue to exist and why it should be suspended. A big argument has been made about the death of innocent people who after their deaths could have been found innocent due to ...view middle of the document...

Capital punishment in the United States today provides no reliable safeguards against this danger. Errors can and have been made repeatedly in the trial of death penalty cases because of poor representation, racial prejudice, prosecutorial misconduct, or simply the presentation of erroneous evidence. Once convicted, a death row inmate faces serious obstacles in convincing any tribunal that he is innocent” (Para. 20). The possibility of receiving the death penalty for an innocent person might seem inevitably, but even the guiltiest of people will try and convince others of their innocence when facing death. Families from the victims of some of these crimes would argue otherwise when the person who commits murder escapes the death penalty only to be released to commit murder again causing pain and heartache for others that might have been avoided.
Even though there are arguments for those that think the innocent have been sentenced to death by capital punishment, there are others that suffer because of the people that are not given the death penalty. The feeling of knowing that the person who committed an act of extreme violence is getting better treatment than some people in poverty while in prison can be unsettling. The amount of amenities that inmates who have committed serious offences receive is disturbing. A person who has raped a small child should not be allowed access to a computer with internet, and someone that took another person’s life for no reason should not be receiving better insurance than most working Americans. Getting life in prison more than some perpetrators deserve, and we the tax payers are the one’s providing them with a life style that is undeserving to most. The freedom that inmates with life sentences receive also puts the lives of other’s in that prison in danger. While my mother was working for the Monroe Correctional Facility in Washington State in 2011 a female prison guard was strangled to death by an inmate. He was eventually given the death penalty in May of 2013, but as announced by KOMO News, “Scherf is a convicted rapist who already was serving life in prison when he attacked officer Jayme Biendl, 34, and strangled her with an amplifier cord at the Washington State Reformatory in Monroe in January 2011” (2013). Incidences like this that could have been prevented if the death penalty was handed down earlier help the argument that the death penalty should stay intact, and could have saved the life of that poor prison guard and her family. No one person can predict the consequences that might come from a poorly handed down sentence, and not every person on death row is going to be a repeat offender. The morality that both sides face when debating the death penalty include who has the right to make the decision that a person should die, and what types of crimes deserve to be punished by death.
Deciding whether or not the death penalty is a moral decisions depends on the morals obtained by each person. If...

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