Are we playing God? Have we totally forgotten humanity? When I think about death penalty it reminds me about Jesus and when he confronted the people who gathered to stone a woman who had been caught committing by saying, “If any of you have never sinned, then go ahead and throw the first stone at her.” (John 8:7) This action clearly demonstrates that Jesus believed that there was a problem in imposing death penalty because no one is sinless. Jesus did not say that adultery should not be a crime punishable by death, but he did point to a problem with imposing such a penalty. Those valuable teachings on human rights have been entirely ignored by society in the United States.
During the last decade more than 500 prisoners were executed in
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There are so many significant arguments to support the idea of abolishing the death penalty. First of all, anti-abolitionists might argue that the death penalty is needed to deter crime, but the death penalty has not been shown to be effective in the reduction of the homicide rate. There are even some indications that executions actually increase the murder rate. Second of all, unfairness created between convicts can not be denied. The poor, males and racial minorities are over-represented among those executed. One pilot study of over two dozen convicted criminals on death row found that all had been so seriously abused during childhood and that they probably all suffered from brain damage. Women convicted of murder are almost never executed; that is a penalty is reserved for men. Third of all, we should remember that there is always a chance of error in the process of trials. Many convicted murderers are later found innocent and have been pardoned. It is impossible to pardon a corpse.
In 1987, a study was published by the Stanford Law Review. They found some evidence that suggested that at