This essay was a project that I did pertaining to capital punishment. It was of a persuasive type. It was titled "Capital Punishment"

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Capital punishment is a sign of deep sickness in our culture. Our culture is addicted to violence and is desperately ill because of our decision not to abolish the death penalty. The death penalty is unjust and it is wrong: it is a cruel and unusual punishment; it punishes the poor and it is unethical.

Capital punishment is a cruel and unusual way to punish those who have committed crimes. We are all concerned about crime and would like the rate of crime to be reduced. The death penalty, however, is not an effective way to deteriorate crime. Studies show us that murder rates are lower in states that have abolished the death penalty. In 1990, there was an average of 5.0 murders per 100,000 population is states that had abolished the death penalty. On the other hand, the highest average of murders existed in states that had the death penalty.

Approximately 9.7 murders were committed per 100,000 populations. In opposition of the death penalty, alternatives do indeed exist. The simplest solution is to not to have the death penalty at all. There are several states in the U.S. that practice this alternative. Another solution rests on the sentence of life without parole. This, in a basic sense, is life imprisonment without a chance to ever walk free. Some may think that life without parole is cruel, but it leaves a criminal with his or her life. The prisoner still has opportunities to make meaningful changes in his or her life, to make contributions to society and to relate to his or her family. Moreover, if a person sentenced to life without parole is found to be innocent, that person will be released. With this in mind, there is no way to give life back to someone who has...