Death Penalty

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Death Penalty is the sentence of death upon a person by the state, as punishment for a crime of which the criminal was convicted in court. 58 countries still retain death penalty and each year there are approximately 9000 people on death row. Over 50% of all countries that still have capital punishment in law use lethal injection as their primary method, but there are also other methods such as beheading, hanging, shooting, execution by electrocution or in gas chambers.

It is an established fact, that capital punishment is still conducted in many countries of the earth. People are being sentenced to death every day and in my essay I am going to respond to the ethic question whether death penalty serves as a justified and valid form of punishment.

I am not in favor of executions, because I am of the opinion that killing somebody who committed a crime is not a solution, in fact it makes innocent people murderers. No one should want to see another person death, no matter how severe the felony, that the criminal was accused of, is. I believe that staying in prison for a lifetime is punishment enough and it also guarantees no future crimes. Moreover the proceedings against murderers are not always even-handed. In many cases social backgrounds and connections affect the convictions. Other than that, there is always a risk of executing an innocent men or woman, since the death penalty was reinstated in the USA in 1976, 82 convicts were released, but how many of the 1280 people who were sentenced to death in the past 35 years were wrongly accused?

I’d like to make this understandable by presenting a real case. Johnny Frank Garrett was executed for the rape and murder of an elderly nun on Halloween night in 1981. Garrett claimed his innocence from the time of his arrest until his dying breath. But still the state of Texas sentenced him to death in 1992, Texas has come under heavy criticism for allowing both a juvenile and mentally handicapped individual to be...
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