How to Punish Criminals in the U.S. Essay

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Ever since I was young, it has been taught to me that if I do not follow the rules, whether at home, school, or in the world, there will be punishments because of my actions. In saying that, I believe that if a crime is committed, fair and just punishment should be given. Of the 22,000 homicides per year, about 100 people are sentenced to death. According to Wikipedia the death penalty is defined as, “[capital] punishment (also called the death penalty or execution) in the United States is limited under the Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution, and, in practice, is used almost exclusively for aggravated murders committed by mentally competent adults” (www.wikipedia.com ). Although I believe that killing and committing heinous …show more content…
According to the organization, Death Penalty Focus (DPF), “scientific studies have consistently failed to demonstrate that executions deter people from committing crimes”, and “the South accounts for 80% of U.S executions and has the highest regional murder rate” (www.Deathpenalty.org ). The death penalty is unjust because every year innocent people are accused of murder and sentenced to death. According to DPF, “142 men and women have been released from Death Row nationally… some only minutes away from execution” (www.Deathpenalty.org ). Another reason that the death penalty is unjust is that minorities are mostly targeted to be sentenced to death. DPF states that, “the race of the victim was found to influence the likelihood of receiving the death penalty, i.e. those who murdered whites were more likely to be sentenced to death than those who murdered blacks" (www.Deathpenalty.org ). There are benefits of the death penalty being removed from the system. One benefit is that tax payer’s money can go toward more important causes. More than $180 million are spent per year on the death penalty and the trials. According to DPF, “[i]t costs far more to execute a person than to keep him/her in prison for life… and that [of] the death penalty trials are 20 times more expensive than trials seeking a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole”

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