Ending the Death Penalty Basic Argument Essay in favor of ending the death penalty.

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Ending the Death Penalty

Of all the wrong doings that take place, I believe the death penalty is the worst of them all. I am strongly against the death penalty because it violates God's rules, costs the tax payers too much money, prisoners could be wrongly convicted, and it is cruel and unusual punishment.

The first reason why I do not support having the death penalty is because it violates religious beliefs. Murdering any person, no matter what the individual has been convicted of, is a mortal sin. I believe that religious beliefs, such as the Ten Commandments, are the corner stone for our law system.

Also, there is the fact that tax payers waste too much of their money with the death penalty in place. The average death penalty case is appealed three times. This means that the tax payers must pay for the same trial to be heard three times.

This is a very expensive practice. Why spend the tax payer's money to keep these inmates in jail for so long? Tax payer's money should go to better society, not to accommodate the prisoners that are going to end up executed.

Another major reason for opposing the death penalty is the possibility of a wrong conviction. There have been numerous cases in which it is determined that the person executed did not commit the crime. New evidence may be found years after the individual has been put to death. There is no way to say sorry and get that person's life back. Alas, court appointed attorneys are often too over-worked and inexperienced to be of adequate assistance to the accused. The person may be convicted of a crime they didn't commit and subsequently but to death. It is the right of everyone in this country to have...