Capital Punishment, Should It Or Should It Not Be
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Capital Punishment, Should It Or Should It Not Be Used In Today\'s Criminal
While Capital Punishment has been one of the most feared things of our
time, it is still being questioned if it is unconstitutional. The Death Penalty
is being enforced in more than 100 countries in the world and are usually in
used in politically-related cases. Although it has been the case in many
countries throughout the world it has been said that the Death Penalty is "cruel
and unusual punishment" which is a direct violation to the Bill of Rights.
Capital Punishment is a certain copy of the earliest days of slavery, when you
had no rights or any different opinion, and like then, executions have no place
in our civilized society. The Death Penalty, throughout it\'s years of existence,
has always been against the views of the people, either because of it\'s
brutality or because of it\'s lack of effectiveness.
The Death Penalty has been opposed by the people since the beginning of
it\'s era, which was around 1976, when the United States Supreme Court declared
that the death penalty was not against the Constitution. But if read directly
the Eight Amendment of the U.S. Constitution "prohibits cruel and unusual
punishments" and not only that but abolitionists also think that Capital
Punishment ensures Americans equality for all . The abolitionists also did a
poll which ensured that there was "no support for the view that the death
penalty provides a more effective deterrent to police homicides than alternative
sanctions. Not for a single year was evidence found that police are safer in
jurisdictions that provide for capital punishment" The highest homicide rates
were also in Death Penalty states with executions: 9.7 homicides per 100,000
people as compared to 5.1 in states without the Death Penalty . It has also
been shown that the Death Penalty is racially biased and unfair.
There has been substantial evidence to show that courts have been
impulsive, racially biased, and unfair in the way in which they have sentenced
some persons to prison but others to death. In 1944 Gunnar Myrdal reported in
his book American Dilemma that "the South makes the widest application of the
Death Penalty, and Negro criminals come in for much more than their share of the
executions" Between the years of 1930 and 1940 the African Americans only made
up about 12 percent of the United States\' population, but between those times
they also made up about 51 percent of the people that were executed. Juries are
more likely to impose the death penalty on blacks than on whites accused of the
same offense (Administra- tion Office of the Courts). Of the 145 cases studied
by the Administration Office of the Courts it was shown that whites would have
received the death penalty at a higher rate since they met the criteria for
capital punishment more often. Yet, the case studies revealed that this was not
the situation. Is the value of a white life worth more than a person of color?
When Capital Punishment is put into a case and the person has been
killed there is no way to get back from that if they are later found to have
been innocent. If a person is sentenced to life without parole and is later
found to be innocent, that person can still be released, but if the person was
put to death there is no way of giving life back to someone who\'s been executed.
For example, a man about 5 years ago was set free after he was in jail for 12
years and after he was 72 hours from being executed. In his case, the
prosecutors used perjured testimony and suppressed evidence which imprisoned him.
The witness that set him free was a sixteen year old who while imprisoned for a
separate murder conviction, confessed to killing the officer whom Randall Adams
was in jail for killing ("The Case"1). For us to kill those people who have
acted outside the boundaries of acceptable human behavior puts us in the same
position as they are in-we become killers. It is also a view that people must
take because the people on death row did not get there on their own, their
families and communities share the responsibility of making those people who
consider committing the brutal acts they committed, so why should they be the
individuals to take the punishment ("Talking"2). Executions give society the
unmistakable message that human life no longer deserves respect, they are also
irrevocable and can be inflicted upon the innocent.
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