Is the Dealth Penalty Effective?

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Nikieal Watts
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Mrs. Harvey- Jones/ Mitchell
May 17, 2012

Is the death penalty effective?

Have you ever heard a murderer say they thought about the death penalty as

consequence of their actions prior to committing their crimes Some consider capital punishment

to be cruel and unusual punishment. Many people feel that killing convicted murderers will

satisfy their need for justice and vengeance. They feel that certain crimes are so atrocious that

executing the criminal is the only reasonable response. But I believe not. The death penalty is

noteffective in means of punishment.

To began, when dealing with the death penalty sometime race determines on who lives

and who dies. Whether you believe it or not racism is still much alive. For example the cases of

Trayvon Martin and Troy Davis. If you did any research on the two cases you will find that

Trayvon Martin was an African-American who was killed by a multi-racial Hispanic

American officer by the named of George Zimmerman who only received house arrest and

the bail of 150k for his punishment. But on the other hand, Troy Davis was a African-

American who was accused of killing a Caucasian officer by the name of Mark MacPhail

and he received the death penalty without bail. Do you think racism is still alive?

Furthermore, Innocent people have been convicted and executed. In 1987, a study

was published by the Stanford Law Review . They found some evidence that suggested that

at least 350 people between 1900 and 1985 in America might have been innocent of the

crime for which they were convicted, and could have been sentenced to death. 139 actually

were sentence to death as many as 23 were executed. How would you feel about taking an

Innocent person life?

To continue, did you know that execution is carried out by staggering taxpayers. The

state spends about 4 million dollars for every death sentence. The costs to the...
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