Death Penalty

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DEATH PENALTY A morally incorrect punishment, the death penalty is a controversial punishment for certain crimes but in a few exceptions the right thing. In many states the death penalty isn't a form of punishment; instead it's the life sentence. So the question still remains, is the death penalty right and if it's, is it right for juveniles, and is graphically appalling evidence that may just jeopardize a fair trial inadmissible.

The death penalty is the decision of taking ones life, which is a decision that one man may not be able to make. Many people have been killed by lethal injection, or electric chair, or are on death row. The statistics show that there are people that have been put on death row and then been killed after death to find out that they were innocent. This is a costly and tough sentence to deliver. You must pay for the existence of the person as well as the day of death (injection and preparation).

Now we come to the question of adults and malicious crimes. So adults are tough and hardcore so they can handle a sentence like death penalty because they understand their crimes and the effect of their crimes, however can a child, a juvenile understand his crimes enough to understand a sentence of death. Is it right to sentence a kid to death or is it just an unlawful crime that could have dangerous repercussions. Sentencing a child with the death penalty is a direct violation of the 8th and 14th amendment. Under the 8th amendment cruel and unusual punishment is against your rights as a citizen of the United States and the 14th amendment states that you can't be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law.

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