Against The Death Penalty

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The death penalty is a historical debate of humankind. Death penalty also referred to as capital punishment, which means judicially ordered execution of a prisoner as a punishment for a serious crime. The death penalty can be defined as "The penalty of death for the commission of a crime" ( Death penalty is a controversial topic, and people have many different opinions about it. Most of the ancient societies accepted the idea of capital punishment. Ancient Roman and Mosaic Law authorized the notion of revenge; they believed in the rule of "an eye for an eye" (Death, 57). Death penalty continued into the middle Ages when religious crimes such as sacrilege, heresy, and atheism were sentenced to death. European settlers brought the death penalty to the American societies, where witchcraft, rape, perjury, and other capital crimes existed. Nowadays, Death penalty continues for very serious crimes. This ongoing use of the capital Punishment made society to believe that severe crimes deserves severe punishments and these punishments would deter others from committing such kind of crimes.

The death penalty is discriminatory towards innocent, mentally ill, and particular races.

The death penalty is unfair to the innocent people who are executed for serious crime such as murder, child molestation, bank robbery, and so on. Sometimes some innocent people get victimized even though they have not harmed anyone or have not done anything wrong. According to research, On May 10, 1984, James Adams was executed in Florida for murder. Adams was victimized for a murder, which he had no idea about. He knew nothing about the murder but he had the same car as the killer had which police officers were truly looking for. That day, unfortunately he looked messy because he had worked more than twelve hours, and his car was broken so...