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Capital Punishment
Would you want someone to be killed for something they have not done? According to the Death Penalty Information Center there have already been nine executions in the year 2011 (Dieter). We do not know if these people are innocent or not. But they have already been killed and now there is nothing we can do. Except apologize to their families. The punishment for doing something wrong should not be death. Right now according to the Anti-Death Penalty Information page, “executions cost taxpayers more money than life in prison”. The anti-death penalty page stated that $2 million per person vs. $500,000 free counsel for defense, for appeals, maximum security on a separate death row wing (Reasons to be against the Death Penalty). We can be using that money somewhere else. Like our schools and to try to get people off the streets.

While the cost is just one reason to get rid of the death penalty another reason would be because people who are innocent may be executed. The anti-death penalty page says that “Since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976, 82 inmates have been freed from Death Row”. That's one Death Row inmate found to be wrongfully convicted for every 7 executed (Reasons to be against the Death Penalty). Tom spring also stated “The most important factor leading to wrongful conviction is eyewitness misidentification.”(Spring). They will still have a chance to get out if we get rid of the death penalty. If they use it they are not only killing the people that were innocent but they are hurting the families of the ones of whom they just executed. Amnesty International stated that in Illinois Madison Hobley, Aaron Patterson, Stanley Howard and LeRoy Orange, pardoned in 2003 (Death Penalty and Innocence). They were sent to death row on the basis of "confessions" extracted through the use of torture by former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge and other Area 2 police officers in Chicago. They were pardoned by outgoing...

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