Against the Death Penalty.

Essay by peacefrogHigh School, 12th grade December 2005

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The Death Penalty has become a controversial issue in today's society and I view it as another flaw in our justice system. If the inmates our government sends to death row are hundred percent guilty of the crimes they committed, these crimes are heinous cruel crimes, and the execution is a swift cheap process then I view no problem with the death penalty. Our being humans eliminates the possibility of an absolute accurate and unbiased justice system and the penalty for such a small mistake should not be the end of an innocent life.

The death penalty needs to be a blind judge. No defendant should be sentenced to death for anything more then the crime he committed. Unfortunately there are a lot more factors to who dies and lives then the severity of the crime and the danger to society the defendant might be. "A poorly represented defendant is much more likely to be convicted and given a death sentence."

A black man or a person who kills a white man is much more likely to get the death penalty then a white man or a person who killed a black man. These kinds of things cannot judge who lives and dies, the race and wealth of a defendant should play no part in his judgment day.

If we are going to take the lives of people who have committed tremendous crimes then we must make sure these people have actually committed these crimes. "Since 1973, at least 121 people have been released from death row after evidence of their innocence emerged. During the same period of time, over 982 people have been executed. Thus, for every eight people executed, we have found one person on death row who never should have been convicted." If these people had been...