Research Paper Copy
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...