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Persuasive Essay On The Death Penalty
The death penalty is a very controversial topic in the United States. Capital punishment is the legally
authorized killing of someone as punishment for a crime. The first established laws on this penalty
date as far back as the eighteenth century B.C. (Deathpenaltyinfo). The death penalty was suspended
from 1972 – 1976. Since its reinstatement in 1976, 1,458 people have been executed (CNN). Capital
punishment is cruel because it fits the definition, it is the murder of humans and is irreversible.
When you look up the definition, dictionary.com defines it as "willfully or knowingly causing pain
or distress to others". This describes the death penalty. It is knowingly murdering a person. The
cruel act of taking the life of a person...show more content...
Crystals of sodium cyanide are then dropped into the pail which causes a reaction to occur and
release hydrogen cyanide. In this case, the inmate dies from lack of oxygen to their brain.
Additionally, the inmate can be killed by a firing squad. In this instance, like every other, the
inmate is strapped to a chair. A doctor locates his or her heart and marks it with a target. Then, five
shooters fire at the target, killing him or her from blood loss. The last method is hanging. A noose
is put around the prisoners neck as they stand above a trap door. Once the door is opened, the
prisoner falls and their weight causes their neck to fracture, but they do not die instantaneously, the
death comes from the slow suffocation. All of these methods are cruel punishments. Executing the
death penalty an irreversible act. It takes the life of a human being. The death penalty is excessive
because replaced by the prisoner being sentenced to life without parole. one in every 25 defendants
sentenced to death is likely innocent(ACLU). An example of this is Brian Terrell. He was convicted
in 1955 for murder(Deathpenaltyinfo). After three trials, Terrell was sentenced to death and executed
in 2015(Deathpenaltyinfo)
. However, whether or not he was innocent is still up in the air. Defense investigators say that
Terrell's cousin Jermaine Johnson, who gave a testimony against Brian, later admitted that he gave a
false testimony(Deathpenaltyinfo).
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Persuasive Essay On The Death Penalty
There are diverse capital punishment, the death penalty is one of them. Considered as a deviant
and barbaric act, the use of this method reflects the opposite view or the wrong message of what
the society teaches us. Encouraging the death penalty is not different from encouraging a murder
and by operating in such a way actually violates a fundamental law set forth by the federal
government which is " Murder is an illegal crime". For years, the death penalty has been seen as
the best way to prevent assassination as it makes murderers reconsidering their ideas before they
act. However, this method will always be considered as barbaric since it takes someone's life.
Moreover, we have learned through ages that death penalty has, for a few times,taken innocent lives.
Do not people deserve a second chance ? Anyone seeks for it.After all, the freedom of living is the
most basic human right that anyone dreams about. Nearly two–thirds of the countries throughout the
world seem to understand how awful can this be for death–row prisoners and their relatives.They
decided to stop using the death penalty. It has been literally abolished. Many countries still using this
capital crime, as it is the case of the United States. The U.S government, the U.S military, and
thirty–one States, including Indiana, have the death penalty in their federal book. In Indiana, the
death penalty is only imposed to whom the crime of murder has been attributed and if it violates at
least one of the
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Death Penalty Since the year 1976, around 1,462 people in the United States have been executed by
lethal injection. Practiced in 31 states and abolished in 19 the death penalty has remained a center
stone of debate since its launch in 1976. With so many differing viewpoints, arguments pertaining to
the moral issue, legal considerations and possible alternatives have been left unsettled since. The
ongoing tug–of–war within these topics slowly tries to chip away at the big question. Should the
death penalty be allowed? Morality and human psychology show up as clear underlining factors
when it comes to crossing the line between life and death. Many believe an eye–for–an–eye form of
punishment is justifiable while others strongly disagree on...show more content...
In their eyes, the death of murders relieves the burning vengeance and pain victims loved ones go
through. Opponents argue against the thought of revenge and any connection it has towards justice
or fulfilling the grief of death. They argue that vengeance only makes things worse and extends the
chain of violence, claiming "it has no place in our justice system." Along with moral issues, social
unfairness such as poverty and race have always been woven into concern among the two sides.
One argument touches on the economic state of the convicted and how it affects his/her chances of
being executed. People of poverty don't have the money to hire a good legal representative leaving
them with a weak defense against their crime. "I don 't know of any affluent people who have been
sentenced to death," said Walter Berns, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute in
Washington. People of poverty who are given a representative by the state find that often that their
defendant is ill experienced and underpaid. "Court–appointed death penalty lawyers are paid barely
enough to cover costs, are usually inexperienced, and often don 't put up much of a fight," said
Stephen Bright, director of the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta. This imbalance in
equity on an economic level also rings true on an ethnic level through racial bias. "In 82% of the
studies
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Persuasive Essay On The Death Penalty
The death penalty is one of the most controversial topics in the United States and is a topic that will
continue to be debated for many years to come. It is the most severe and harsh punishments for a
crime. Currently, the death penalty is legal in thirty two states. In my opinion the death penalty is
unconstitutional, and should be illegal in all states who still practice it. No state has the right to put
its worst criminals to death.
Financial costs to taxpayers of capital punishment is more than keeping someone in prison for life.
"Most people don't realize that carrying out one's death sentence costs 2–5 more times more that
keeping that same criminal in prison for the rest of his life....It is not unusual for a prisoner to be on
death row for 15–20 years." It is estimated that a capital case resulting in execution costs $3–4
million, whereas the typical cost of keeping someone in prison for life is $700–740,000. "One of the
most common misperceptions about the death penalty is the notion that the death penalty saves
money because executed defendants no longer have to be cared for at the state's expense. If the
costs of the death penalty were to be measured at the time of an execution, that might indeed be
true. But as every prosecutor, defense attorney, and judge knows, the costs of a capital case begin
long before the sentence is carried out. Experienced prosecutors and defense attorneys must be
assigned and begin a long period of investigation and pre–trial
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Persuasive Essay On The Death Penalty
Since the year 1973, there have been nearly 1600 people put on death row. Of those 1600, 151 of
the people were exonerated, or proven not guilty. These people were very fortunate and were able
to keep their lives, but not everyone is that lucky. At least 8 people have been suggested to be
innocent after an execution; however nobody has been proven innocent. After an execution, there
is no way to overturn a verdict. It is possible for there to be flaws such as false testimonies,
inaccurate forensics, and even bias from the jury that could cost an innocent person his life.
Therefore, the death penalty should be repealed because it is impossible to be one hundred
percent certain every time that an individual is guilty of the crime he is being charged with. Like
anything in life, it is possible for there to be mistakes in forensic science. There's a chance that up
to, "27 death penalty cases... may have 'mistakenly linked defendants to crimes with exaggerated
scientific testimony'" (Simon McCormack 2013). In many cases, hair samples return back
similar, but not a 100% match. The examines then "say it was a 100 percent match, essentially
misleading the jury," leading to a false accusation that could put someone to death (Dahlia
Lithwick 2015). Labs may use samples of blood type to prove a person as guilty, however because
there are only a few blood types the chance of two people having the same blood type is fairly high.
Hair samples are also commonly used in an investigation,
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Persuasive Essay On The Death Penalty
Do you ever wonder what should happen to dangerous criminals? Watching the news just thinking
"huh?" Well what do you think should happen to the dangerous criminals? There are many opinions.
Some people think the only option is the death penalty. I honestly agree and disagree with that
because there are some death penalties are justified and some are not .Listen to these two cases.
Thurgood Marshall was confirmed as the nation's first African–American Supreme Court Justice.
Marshall's legacy is linked to his historic victory in 1954 as counsel in Brown v. Board of Education,
breaking down the barriers of "separate but equal" segregated public education. But he is equally
associated with his representation of capital defendants in racially...show more content...
In 1941, Marshall represented W.D. Lyons, an illiterate 21–year–old black sharecropper beaten into
confessing to murdering a white family and burning down their home. Enduring racial epithets from
an initially hostile white community, Marshall subjected the police who had framed Lyons to
withering cross–examination and showed that they had obviously lied on the stand. Lyons was
convicted and–after the U.S. Supreme Court denied his appeal–executed, but historians say the case
awakened Marshall to the ability of lawyers to empower oppressed communities. Later, Marshall
won retrials for three young African–American men who had been falsely accused of raping a
17–year–old white woman in Lake County, Florida. Two of the "Groveland Four" (a fourth young
man charged in the case had been lynched by a white mob after escaping from custody) were
wrongly sentenced to death; one of them was murdered and the other shot several times by a sheriff
while being transported to their retrial. The surviving defendant was convicted and resentenced to
death, but received a last–minute commutation. The third defendant–who was 16 at the
time–received a life sentence. In April 2017, the Florida legislature issued an apology for the
killings and wrongful convictions and asked Governor Rick Scott to issue posthumous pardons for
the four. In November 1946, Marshall nearly was murdered. Tennessee law
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Persuasive Essay On The Death Penalty

  • 1. Persuasive Essay On The Death Penalty The death penalty is a very controversial topic in the United States. Capital punishment is the legally authorized killing of someone as punishment for a crime. The first established laws on this penalty date as far back as the eighteenth century B.C. (Deathpenaltyinfo). The death penalty was suspended from 1972 – 1976. Since its reinstatement in 1976, 1,458 people have been executed (CNN). Capital punishment is cruel because it fits the definition, it is the murder of humans and is irreversible. When you look up the definition, dictionary.com defines it as "willfully or knowingly causing pain or distress to others". This describes the death penalty. It is knowingly murdering a person. The cruel act of taking the life of a person...show more content... Crystals of sodium cyanide are then dropped into the pail which causes a reaction to occur and release hydrogen cyanide. In this case, the inmate dies from lack of oxygen to their brain. Additionally, the inmate can be killed by a firing squad. In this instance, like every other, the inmate is strapped to a chair. A doctor locates his or her heart and marks it with a target. Then, five shooters fire at the target, killing him or her from blood loss. The last method is hanging. A noose is put around the prisoners neck as they stand above a trap door. Once the door is opened, the prisoner falls and their weight causes their neck to fracture, but they do not die instantaneously, the death comes from the slow suffocation. All of these methods are cruel punishments. Executing the death penalty an irreversible act. It takes the life of a human being. The death penalty is excessive because replaced by the prisoner being sentenced to life without parole. one in every 25 defendants sentenced to death is likely innocent(ACLU). An example of this is Brian Terrell. He was convicted in 1955 for murder(Deathpenaltyinfo). After three trials, Terrell was sentenced to death and executed in 2015(Deathpenaltyinfo) . However, whether or not he was innocent is still up in the air. Defense investigators say that Terrell's cousin Jermaine Johnson, who gave a testimony against Brian, later admitted that he gave a false testimony(Deathpenaltyinfo). Get more content on HelpWriting.net
  • 2. Persuasive Essay On The Death Penalty There are diverse capital punishment, the death penalty is one of them. Considered as a deviant and barbaric act, the use of this method reflects the opposite view or the wrong message of what the society teaches us. Encouraging the death penalty is not different from encouraging a murder and by operating in such a way actually violates a fundamental law set forth by the federal government which is " Murder is an illegal crime". For years, the death penalty has been seen as the best way to prevent assassination as it makes murderers reconsidering their ideas before they act. However, this method will always be considered as barbaric since it takes someone's life. Moreover, we have learned through ages that death penalty has, for a few times,taken innocent lives. Do not people deserve a second chance ? Anyone seeks for it.After all, the freedom of living is the most basic human right that anyone dreams about. Nearly two–thirds of the countries throughout the world seem to understand how awful can this be for death–row prisoners and their relatives.They decided to stop using the death penalty. It has been literally abolished. Many countries still using this capital crime, as it is the case of the United States. The U.S government, the U.S military, and thirty–one States, including Indiana, have the death penalty in their federal book. In Indiana, the death penalty is only imposed to whom the crime of murder has been attributed and if it violates at least one of the Get more content on HelpWriting.net
  • 3. Persuasive Essay On Death Penalty Death Penalty Since the year 1976, around 1,462 people in the United States have been executed by lethal injection. Practiced in 31 states and abolished in 19 the death penalty has remained a center stone of debate since its launch in 1976. With so many differing viewpoints, arguments pertaining to the moral issue, legal considerations and possible alternatives have been left unsettled since. The ongoing tug–of–war within these topics slowly tries to chip away at the big question. Should the death penalty be allowed? Morality and human psychology show up as clear underlining factors when it comes to crossing the line between life and death. Many believe an eye–for–an–eye form of punishment is justifiable while others strongly disagree on...show more content... In their eyes, the death of murders relieves the burning vengeance and pain victims loved ones go through. Opponents argue against the thought of revenge and any connection it has towards justice or fulfilling the grief of death. They argue that vengeance only makes things worse and extends the chain of violence, claiming "it has no place in our justice system." Along with moral issues, social unfairness such as poverty and race have always been woven into concern among the two sides. One argument touches on the economic state of the convicted and how it affects his/her chances of being executed. People of poverty don't have the money to hire a good legal representative leaving them with a weak defense against their crime. "I don 't know of any affluent people who have been sentenced to death," said Walter Berns, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington. People of poverty who are given a representative by the state find that often that their defendant is ill experienced and underpaid. "Court–appointed death penalty lawyers are paid barely enough to cover costs, are usually inexperienced, and often don 't put up much of a fight," said Stephen Bright, director of the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta. This imbalance in equity on an economic level also rings true on an ethnic level through racial bias. "In 82% of the studies Get more content on HelpWriting.net
  • 4. Persuasive Essay On The Death Penalty The death penalty is one of the most controversial topics in the United States and is a topic that will continue to be debated for many years to come. It is the most severe and harsh punishments for a crime. Currently, the death penalty is legal in thirty two states. In my opinion the death penalty is unconstitutional, and should be illegal in all states who still practice it. No state has the right to put its worst criminals to death. Financial costs to taxpayers of capital punishment is more than keeping someone in prison for life. "Most people don't realize that carrying out one's death sentence costs 2–5 more times more that keeping that same criminal in prison for the rest of his life....It is not unusual for a prisoner to be on death row for 15–20 years." It is estimated that a capital case resulting in execution costs $3–4 million, whereas the typical cost of keeping someone in prison for life is $700–740,000. "One of the most common misperceptions about the death penalty is the notion that the death penalty saves money because executed defendants no longer have to be cared for at the state's expense. If the costs of the death penalty were to be measured at the time of an execution, that might indeed be true. But as every prosecutor, defense attorney, and judge knows, the costs of a capital case begin long before the sentence is carried out. Experienced prosecutors and defense attorneys must be assigned and begin a long period of investigation and pre–trial Get more content on HelpWriting.net
  • 5. Persuasive Essay On The Death Penalty Since the year 1973, there have been nearly 1600 people put on death row. Of those 1600, 151 of the people were exonerated, or proven not guilty. These people were very fortunate and were able to keep their lives, but not everyone is that lucky. At least 8 people have been suggested to be innocent after an execution; however nobody has been proven innocent. After an execution, there is no way to overturn a verdict. It is possible for there to be flaws such as false testimonies, inaccurate forensics, and even bias from the jury that could cost an innocent person his life. Therefore, the death penalty should be repealed because it is impossible to be one hundred percent certain every time that an individual is guilty of the crime he is being charged with. Like anything in life, it is possible for there to be mistakes in forensic science. There's a chance that up to, "27 death penalty cases... may have 'mistakenly linked defendants to crimes with exaggerated scientific testimony'" (Simon McCormack 2013). In many cases, hair samples return back similar, but not a 100% match. The examines then "say it was a 100 percent match, essentially misleading the jury," leading to a false accusation that could put someone to death (Dahlia Lithwick 2015). Labs may use samples of blood type to prove a person as guilty, however because there are only a few blood types the chance of two people having the same blood type is fairly high. Hair samples are also commonly used in an investigation, Get more content on HelpWriting.net
  • 6. Persuasive Essay On The Death Penalty Do you ever wonder what should happen to dangerous criminals? Watching the news just thinking "huh?" Well what do you think should happen to the dangerous criminals? There are many opinions. Some people think the only option is the death penalty. I honestly agree and disagree with that because there are some death penalties are justified and some are not .Listen to these two cases. Thurgood Marshall was confirmed as the nation's first African–American Supreme Court Justice. Marshall's legacy is linked to his historic victory in 1954 as counsel in Brown v. Board of Education, breaking down the barriers of "separate but equal" segregated public education. But he is equally associated with his representation of capital defendants in racially...show more content... In 1941, Marshall represented W.D. Lyons, an illiterate 21–year–old black sharecropper beaten into confessing to murdering a white family and burning down their home. Enduring racial epithets from an initially hostile white community, Marshall subjected the police who had framed Lyons to withering cross–examination and showed that they had obviously lied on the stand. Lyons was convicted and–after the U.S. Supreme Court denied his appeal–executed, but historians say the case awakened Marshall to the ability of lawyers to empower oppressed communities. Later, Marshall won retrials for three young African–American men who had been falsely accused of raping a 17–year–old white woman in Lake County, Florida. Two of the "Groveland Four" (a fourth young man charged in the case had been lynched by a white mob after escaping from custody) were wrongly sentenced to death; one of them was murdered and the other shot several times by a sheriff while being transported to their retrial. The surviving defendant was convicted and resentenced to death, but received a last–minute commutation. The third defendant–who was 16 at the time–received a life sentence. In April 2017, the Florida legislature issued an apology for the killings and wrongful convictions and asked Governor Rick Scott to issue posthumous pardons for the four. In November 1946, Marshall nearly was murdered. Tennessee law Get more content on HelpWriting.net
  • 7. Persuasive Essay On The Death Penalty The death penalty was put into action and has been enforced since the eighteenth–century B.C, this is when the laws were first established for the death penalty. In 1608 Captain George Kendall was the first man to ever be executed in recorded history. Throughout history you see how the death penalty changed according to religion, race, and the severity of the crime committed. In the Code of King Hammaurabi of Babylon, he codified the death penalty therefore setting precedence for 25 different crimes, thus informing people what to expect for the crimes they committed or planned to commit. Draconian Code of Athens made death the only punishment for any crimes committed in the Seventh Century B.C. These sentences were very harsh and brutal, the executions were carried out by crucifixion, drowning, beating to death, burning alive, stoning, and impalement. This was believed to be the only way to teach others not to do what the criminal had done, showing they would be punished and with no mercy. In today's society, these executions are carried out differently to make them more effective and less painful. There are five legal ways to execute a convicted party these being lethal injection, hanging, electrocution, firing squad, and lethal gas. The most common execution method now is lethal injection and is carried out through all jurisdictions, while others like electrocution are not permitted in all states and counties. Although the methods have changed many do not believe the Get more content on HelpWriting.net
  • 8. Persuasive Essay On The Death Penalty Despite public support, the United States death penalty is a senseless waste of money The majority of the American public continues to support the use of the death penalty despite the fact that it appears to be losing popularity in statehouses and courthouses nationwide. Support for capital punishment runs higher among white people who view individual responsibility as a narrative for "true" Americans. Racial prejudice is part of that support due mainly in where they live. The more black people you interact with on a regular basis the more it will reflect your racial attitude. As the numbers of Black and other minorities increase, that greatly impacts White support for capital punishment. Gallup's annual crime poll conducted in 2015 showed that about six in ten Americans favored the use of the death penalty for a person convicted of murder. Additionally, 40% of Americans say the death penalty is not imposed enough. As of November 9, 2016, 31 U.S. states have the death penalty. Nineteen states have either overturned it or abolished all together. On the web site, deathpenaltyinfo.org, it projects that the United States has executed 1465 people since 1976. The state–by–state database keeps track of anything related to capital punishment with resources and stats updated on a regular basis. At the top of the list, Texas leads the U.S. as a whole, with 545 executions, the most recent one occurred in November of 2017. In 2017, counties throughout the 50 states imposed death Get more content on HelpWriting.net
  • 9. Persuasive Essay On The Death Penalty According to Deathpenaltyinfo.org, as of July 1st, 2017 there were approximately 2,817 prisoners on death row. CNN.com says that, as of now, the death penalty is only legal in 31 out of the 50 states. Did you know that the average death row inmate will spend roughly 15 years in prison before they meet their final day; nearly a quarter of death row inmates die of natural causes while waiting for execution, and exhausting all of their appeals? How about that in Virginia death row inmates are now able to play games, watch TV, send emails, and have physical contact with visitors along with much more? Death row is for criminals that have committed heinous crimes and have been convicted by 12 unanimous jurors to death. So, why give them that many privileges? According to Corey Fedde from Csmonitor.com, Victor Glasberg, a death row inmate's attorney from Virginia stated, ВЁThese kinds of things are meaningful when so very little things are granted to the inmates." He later stated that ВЁWhile they're still on Earth they should still be treated as humans." While many people believe that the death penalty should be banned, they are also in favor of better living conditions and more privileges for them. I, on the other hand, am not. The death penalty should be limited, but not illegal, and the living conditions should not be altered. Before going in depth about the benefits of having the death penalty, it's important to first talk about the background. First, the death penalty is Get more content on HelpWriting.net
  • 10. Persuasive Essay On The Death Penalty Since the beginning of time there has always been the question of what to do with someone that has committed a serious offense that has resulted in serious injury or even death to a person. The death penalty has always been a topic of whether it is humane or inhumane to put someone to death over their crimes against another human being. The death penalty to some is either acceptable to where a person should be put t death for their crimes or is not doing anything to deter people from committing crimes. the death penalty is starting to become less of a punishment and more of a costly expense to taxpayers whom for "Each death penalty case in Texas costs taxpayers about $2.3 million." The death penalty for some think it should be abolished while others would rather see it extended. The death penalty has been dated back to the "Ancient Law of China" but it's mostly known during the time of "King Hammurabi where the death penalty was given for 25 different crimes". The first actual recorded death penalty usage was set during the "16th century where one was accused of magic, and ordered to take his own life". In America, the first person known to be put to death was "Captain George Kendall" for allegedly "being a spy for Spain." What seems to make America's first interpretation of the death penalty is that it was even used for "minor offenses such as stealing grapes, killing chickens, and trading with Indians". The death penalty is a way for those to punish people for their Get more content on HelpWriting.net
  • 11. Persuasive Essay On The Death Penalty Death Penalty The reason the death penalty should not be allowed is because it is just an easy way to get out of what the person has done. If that person does a crime they should do the time no matter what they did. No one should not be able to get an easier way out of what they have done by getting the death penalty. Jail time could be sentenced for the rest of his or her life based on the crime committed, and that way they can sit in the jail cell and really think about what they did instead of having a few minutes to live and think about it for just a second before it is over with. The crime committed should not be dismissed by a simple death penalty even if the family wants closure they should think about the fact that the person...show more content... Just a few facts about the death penalty is that 153 people have been exonerated and out of those 153 only twenty of them was because of a DNA evidence. Also six states have completely removed the death penalty such as New York, New Jersey, Illinois, New Mexico, Maryland, and Connecticut. The death penalty is also called a capital crime, killing those for things that they have committed such as rape or killing another human being. One of the main reasons the death penalty should not be allowed is because it is like an easy way out of a punishment, a way to not serve a lifetime of a sentence that should be served. That way they have time to consider what they have done and how they hurt that person or their family member. You do not have to use death penalty as a way to show you are tough on crime, putting someone in jail for as long as possible with what they did is just as good. Making sure they get the time they deserve is good enough. "My major problem is that it is impossible to separate the death penalty from revenge; which is hardly a worthy substitute for justice."(Gates, 2010). The death penalty is a way to get justice for what they have done, but also a way for revenge to be in the place of justice. A person could want revenge for what that person has done instead of clarity, they want to get revenge for what had happened to a loved one that they do not tend to think it is the right way to get justice for their loved one, when in all Get more content on HelpWriting.net
  • 12. Persuasive Essay On The Death Penalty The Death penalty has been a part of society and its legal system for centuries; it became a necessary punishment to dangerous crimes and a way to liberate the community from dangerous criminals. However, now this type of punishment is seen as crime against humanistic values by many, and is questionable in the legal system. It has resulted in a range of inconsistency with the laws on this issue. Nations including China, the US, Iran, Belarus, and others keep the death penalty as an option, while others like Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and almost all European nations have put an to capital punishment. This paper will seeks to demonstrate that death penalty has been preserved as a valid means of preventing serious crimes. It will explore...show more content... Compared to 260 in China and 230 in Iran, becoming the runner–up with a total number of 159 (Wikipedia). For most nations, the death penalty is used to punish war crimes or crimes resulting in physical injury. In Asia, the death penalty is used to punish drug–related crimes, even though these crimes do not result in physical injury. The anti–death penalty movement calls to repeal this measure that has been upheld by various international organizations. For instance, "the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which among other things forbids capital punishment for juveniles, has been signed and ratified by all countries except the USA and Somalia" (Wikipedia). Some international representative such as the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the Sixth Protocol to the European Convention on Human Rights have been accepted, although they only bind nations that have endorse them. Organizations like the European Union require new members to prohibit the death penalty as a condition of entry. There is a powerful movement with tremendous pressure on nations to cancel it. Currently there are two prominent organizations fighting against the death penalty, they are the Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. The issues surrounding the discussion of death penalty focus on two main points. First, this punishment is assets from a purely utilitarian perspective. In order to understand and Get more content on HelpWriting.net
  • 13. Persuasive Death Penalty Persuasive Essay Is the death penalty appropriate? Or should it be banned? The death penalty is a very effective way of justice. It is appropriate for those who deserve it. It is often seen as a way of revenge even though it is a punishment. The death penalty should be kept. Here are some reasons why. The support of the death penalty has risen a lot during the past few years. North America's support rate is about 76%. The United States has a percentage of 80%, Canada's 72%. With support rates that high, it seems as if everyone is all for justice. With high approval rate percentages from the people why should the government get rid of it? While there are good things about the death penalty, there are also really bad things about it too....show more content... When the death penalty is used the Government and taxpayers have to pay higher taxes. The bad thing about putting someone in prison instead of the death penalty is making space for those who did the crime. Most cases that don't end with the criminal/innocent being put to death cost about an average of $740,000. You may think that this is a lot of money but the death penalty actually cost more. Cases that end with the criminal/innocent receiving the death penalty cost about $1.26 million dollars. This causes taxpayers to pay about $90,000 more than just the criminal/innocent being put in prison. This bad because there are 714 people on death row in just California. The supplies needed for the death penalty makes the cost go up more. Some of the drugs needed for the death penalty cost a lot of money. Sodium thiopental, pancuronium bromide and potassium chloride, drugs needed for the death penalty have went up to $83.55. Another drug called pentobarbital cost $1,286.86 per execution. So, when it comes to prices prison is obviously the cheaper and smarter choice. So, the death penalty has a lot of good sides and a lot of negative sides to it but it should be kept. The price is a lot but it's worth the cost if you think about it. Putting the person in jail comes with the possibility of them escaping. There should be other punishments rather than the death penalty but until then the death penalty should be Get more content on HelpWriting.net
  • 14. Persuasive Essay On The Death Penalty Death penalty laws were established back in eighteenth century B.C. Back then the Code of King Hammaurabi of Babylon classified only 25 crimes an automatic sentence to death penalty. Death would consist of crucifixion, drowning, being beaten to death, burning alive and impalement. It wasn't until A.D. Tenth Century that hanging became an act of punishment for thedeath penalty in Britain. Britain later influenced America's use of death penalty which expanded more than any other country(deathpenalty.org 2017). The death penalty meant to try and deter heinous crimes or make one reconsider with death penalty as a thought of punishment. Although since 1976 there have been 1,459 sentenced to the death penalty and executions (deathpenalty.org 2017). Also, since 1973 there has been 153 people exonerated and almost lost their lives over flawed evidence or testimony (deathpenalty.org). Exonerated is to be absolved from a blame or for a fault or wrongdoing (Merriam–Webster 2017). We run the risk of putting some innocent to death with the death penalty. We should save the death penalty for certain crimes. Over 150 people have been removed from death row because they were innocent. Was there for all of these mistakes whose to say there hasn't been many innocent executed but were innocent (deathpenalty.org 2017). The death penalty should only be applied when all evidence is valid. Evidence is valid for example when there is physical proof, scientific evidence and reliable Get more content on HelpWriting.net
  • 15. Persuasive Essay On The Death Penalty Capital punishment, more commonly referred to as the death penalty, is a government sanctioned practice in which one is sentenced to death by the state as a punishment for a crime. It is often carried out in several methods ranging from lethal injection to hanging. It has been around in the United States since the early 1600s. As of 2017, 31 states in the U.S allow the death penalty whereas 19 states have abolished it. Death penalty is considered to be one of the most controversial issues in the United States. There have been several Supreme Court rulings in the past regarding the death penalty, such as Gregg v.Georgia. The death penalty is also a debatable issue in terms of how it is educated to the students since some textbooks have a biased viewpoint. The death penalty should be kept in the United States due to the fact that justice must be served for when a person commits heinous crimes such as murder. First of all, the Eighth Amendment forbids the act of cruel and unusual punishment. However, it doesn't define it. Because of this, despite the Supreme Court having ruled that the mandatory death sentences for certain offenses are unconstitutional, it has not held that the death penalty itself can be considered as a form of cruel and unusual punishment. This particular question as to whether or not it's cruel and unusual punishment was first encountered by the Supreme Court in 1972 during the case of Furman v. Georgia. In the case, the Court abolished the death penalty Get more content on HelpWriting.net
  • 16. Persuasive Essay On The Death Penalty The death penalty, by definition, is the punishment of execution, administered to someone legally convicted of a capital crime. Each state has their own determinates of why someone would be given the death penalty, for example, in Missouri, it is first degree murder, but for Alabama it is intentional murder with 18 aggravating factors. The practice of capital punishment was brought to America by the British and was first recorded being used in 1608 for the execution of Captain George Kendall of Jamestown in Virginia. Nearly a century and a half later, people started to consider a reform on capital punishment. Thomas Jefferson proposed Americas first bill to reform Virginia's death penalty but was overruled by a vote. This bill was to make the death penalty use in cases of murder and treason. In 1834, Pennsylvania became the first state to vow to carry out the executions in a prison out of the public eye. Twelve years later, Michigan abolished capital punishment for all crimes except treason. It wasn't too long after that Rhode Island and Wisconsin got rid of it all together. While some states were getting rid of capital punishment, most states were increasing the deeds considered to be capital crime, especially crimes by slaves. It became illegal for slaves to administer medicine because the slave could have used a poison instead. In 1838, Tennessee acted to use discretionary terms to decide who was given the death penalty and who was not. Prior to this, anyone convicted Get more content on HelpWriting.net
  • 17. Persuasive Essay Against Death Penalty Some people think that self–defense is justified by trying to save your own life but if the murder is committed on purpose, the murderer obviously does not value life; therefore, why should he/she be allowed to live when they deprived another human being of this privilege, life? Other people disagree and think that since the murderer does not value life and commits a crime, the law should not be taking the same path and contradict itself by sentencing the murderer to death. Why kill people who kill people to show killing is wrong. Putting people to death to prove that we are against killing does not make any sense. That statement contradicts the country's belief method. Thus, death penalty is wrong. The death penalty has been a controversial issue for a long time, and has its pros as well as its cons. The way it is applied varies from state to state and depends on different variables. Some may argue that death penalty punishment is inhumane, against most common religious beliefs, does not reduce the crime, costs a lot more than life in prison, and worst of all, executions of innocent people, while others are convinced that it is the most effective and inexpensive way of eliminating dangerous people from the society. However, at the end of the day, as a society we need to move away from the "eye for an eye" revenge simply because it will not solve any problem and will not prove anything, the obvious is that by striking back at the enemy, the only outcome is an endless cycle of violence. Death penalty sends the wrong message. First, let's explain what death penalty is and go over its history. Death penalty is an act to put a person to death by law and a legal system to punish and make sure the person does not commit any future crimes. Death penalty is referred to as capital punishment because historically it meant losing one's head. Back in the eighteenth century, people were put to death if they were stealing, did not follow the religion from where they belonged, disobeyed their king or even were thought to be a witch. They were publicly burned, hung or their head would be cut off to set an example. Nowadays, types of executions have changed; the modern world uses mostly execution by lethal injection, which Get more content on HelpWriting.net
  • 18. A Persuasive Speech On The Death Penalty Persuasive Speech: Why I Believe the Death Penalty Should Be Abolished Hello, everyone. My name is Devlin O'Connell and I am going to be speaking to you today about why I believe the death penalty should be abolished. There are three factors that I base this argument off which surround ethics, efficiency, and expenditure. In relationship to ethics, I would like to begin with a quote by human rights activist, Desmond Tutu, "To take a life when a life has been lost is revenge, not justice."Capital Punishment, also known as the Death Penalty, is described as a government practice where a person is put to death by the state as a punishment for crimes such as murder, treason, espionage, and genocide. While it may seem unlikely that many people would be convicted of a few of the latter crimes, there were nearly 3,000 people on death row in the last year. Of those 3,000 people, 117 were found to be innocent. It is predicted that at least 3% more of those sentenced would have been exonerated with enough time and resources. Let that sink in. An untold number of innocent people have been executed. As it is, many relatives of victims have said that they do not wish for their relative's killer to be put to death. Circling back to Tutu's quote, the government is not providing these families with justice – but with revenge. We are "perpetuating a cycle of violence unworthy of a civilized society," to quote Bernice King, "retribution cannot light the way to the genuine healing that Get more content on HelpWriting.net
  • 19. Persuasive Essay On Death Penalty Cody Johnson 10/15/2017 death penalty essay The death penalty The death penalty is a prosecute that is used to kill criminals that have committed crimes that are so bad they should not be left alive. The idea of putting another human to death is hard to completely fathom. The physical mechanics involved in the act of execution are easy to grasp, but the emotions involved in carrying out a death sentence on another person, regardless of how much they deserve it, is beyond my understanding. Knowing that it must be painful, dehumanizing, and sickening. The Eight Amendment says" Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted" (Constitutions). And for the article Changing Views one rate has gone down at a steady from the 1990 to now and that they death penalty is sometimes necessary, and it is our responsibility as a society to see that it is done. In the death penalty, they way that you get put to trial for the death penalty you must have As a result of the research, the death penalty should be stopped and the states money should be used for other things. Problem paragraph The problem with the death penalty is that it is a big waste of money. Yes, in some cases it can make people feel better, like they are getting revenge on the people that did the crime to their loved one or someone they know but that is really cruel. In the article, The Price of Justice it shows how the price were a few years ago and it can only of up from there "in 1988, The Miami Herald reported that the cost of the death penalty in Florida was $3.2 million per execution compared to $600,000 for life imprisonment.103 Similarly, The Dallas Morning News reported in 1992 that the trials and appeals of a capital case alone cost Texas $2.3 million per case on average". Making the criminal sit in a jail cell that is not that big with other bad people is more of a punishment then just killing them. And it is a lot cheaper to do it that way as well. The cost of the death penalty is not reasonable because the state can't even perform the death penalty the right way. And we can use the money for better things for our states and for our society so we can improve our comity's so Get more content on HelpWriting.net
  • 20. Persuasive Essay On The Death Penalty The death sentence has been a part of our society for as long as the concept of laws have been in place. It has always been looked at favorably, due to the idea that it would punish the wicked people of society, or traitors of a society. Even as society has progressed, the death penalty remains a staple as punishment handed down to those that were deemed as not being part of society; whether it was criminals, heretics, or people that may have challenged the status quo. However, as our societies have entered its current modern age, the idea of the death penalty as punishment has begun to decrease across the world. As of now, 140 countries have banned it by law, and in practice. (International) Out of the countries that still implement the death penalty, the United States of America ranks fifth among those countries that still use it. Within the United States, it has been observed that African–Americans are more inclined to be sentenced to death when the victim is Caucasian, while Caucasians are sentenced to life when the victim is African–American. (ACLU) With such a disparity between sentencing for both races. Would those that are part of the African–American community look less favorable on capital punishment than Caucasians would? It has been well documented in our society that African–Americans tend to be targeted by those in law enforcement, and that they face unfairness during judiciary proceedings. This type of treatment should, and has lead African–Americans feel Get more content on HelpWriting.net