There is nothing more final than death. As such before we decide such a major issue as the Death Penalty we better be sure of what we are doing! Superficially it may seem very simple - you kill therefore you should die - but is it really that simple? Let's take a closer look....
In the last decade technology and DNA testing has proven that many convicted of murder were in fact not guilty of the crime. Some were alive and released after decades in jail others unfortunately died in jail .
Innocent people are convicted of crimes they didn’t commit more often than anyone would like to admit, and in some cases, people who were later found to be innocent have actually been put to death.
One of this is Willingham, he was convicted of arson murder in Texas. He was believed to have intentionally set a fire that killed his three kids. In 2004, he was put to death. Unfortunately, the Texas Forensic Science Commission later found that the evidence was misinterpreted, and they concluded that none of the evidence used against Willingham was valid. As it turns out, the fire really was accidental.
Not just only willingham there are hundreds of innocent men and women doing a life sentence. The questions are many! The answers conjectures. Some crimes are horrific and some regrettable and regretted by the guilty. How do we judge and what criteria do we use? Can we in fact be 100% sure of their guilt?
Was the crime justifiable or what were the circumstance leading to the crime?Was the person in their right mind (and are they ever when they murder - debatable) Is it an act that that person would repeat?
What will their being put to death accomplish and what is the reason that we want to have a death penalty? - Is it as a punishment or a detergent or to avoid that person from recommitting in the future? Can they be rehabilitated or be forever a risk and a drain upon society?
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