Should the Death Death Penalty Be Legal?

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Emmanuel Jean-Baptiste 1-1-2013 Period 1 English 9

In 2011 43 people received capital punishment and in 2010 46 people were also killed because of capital punishment. Now in the year 2012 there are 3,146 death row inmates waiting to be executed. A French philosopher, Albert Camus once said “Capital punishment is the most premeditated of murders”. Do you think the death penalty should be legal? I logical think that the death penalty should be abolished throughout the USA. I also think millions of Americans want the something.

There are many reasons why I and other’s think the death penalty should not be legal. First, it shows that the death penalty is much more expensive than any other prison sentence. This happens because the Constitution requires a continued and complicated judicial process for capital cases. Would it be right to waste tax payers’ moneys when you could just give them a life sentence? Second, the death penalty has no evidence that it deters crime. The crime is just as high even when more states had it. Third, race plays a role in determining who lives and who dies. In 1990 the General Accounting Office said that “in 82% of the studies [reviewed], race of the victim was found to influence the likelihood of being charged with capital murder or receiving the death penalty, i.e. those who murdered whites were more likely to be sentenced to death than those who murdered blacks”. That’s why the death penalty should not be legal.

Even though I think the death penalty should not be legal there is reason why it should. First, some think murders deserve to be executed. Many people believe the idea of an eye for an eye, so murder victim’s families want to see the murderer be killed at the hands of the government. Some people can’t stand to see people like that still living on the earth. Second, prisoner parole or escapes can give criminals another chance to kill. If...
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