It should be banned, the death penalty should be banned. Death is always the easiest way out when it comes to criminals that are sentenced with the penalty. When it comes to this topic there are many opinions about it. Either that it should be banned or to still be kept in our laws. People usually think that others want it banned because they have sympathy for the person who is going to get executed. No one is asking to have sympathy toward criminals. People tend to say they have this law to keep society safe but how can you make it “safe” when it was never effective.
There have been several studies that show the death penalty doesn’t reduce crime. A person is most likely to worry about getting caught instead of getting the sentence. The South has consistently had the highest murder rate while accounting for 80% of the country’s executions. In other circumstances, the Northeast has the lowest murder rate and accounts for less than 1% of the country’s executions. Making punishments more brutal is useless. There have been many cases in which people know how big the number of innocent people that have been executed in the United States. It has been proven that people have confessed to crimes they haven’t done.
There have been cases where evidence was presented of someone’s innocence has been uncovered after the person was executed. DNA testing could help prove that a convicted man/woman is innocent or not or his/her execution postponed until all the methods can be implemented. This method of torture is irreversible, once they convict a man/woman and their innocence has been proven there is no going back. Racial minorities are most likely to take a big part in this issue. There have been several studies that have shown the death penalty is most likely to be recommended by the juror if the victim is white rather than black, Hispanic, or any other race.
The race of the victim discrimination was singled by the U.S. General Accounting Office: “Death Penalty Sentencing.” The conclusion of the studies havens shown that the race of the victim who found to influence the probability of someone being charged with capital murder or receiving the death penalty “Those who murdered whites were found more likely to be sentenced to death than those who murdered blacks.” Amnesty International confronted the findings, assemble from government statistics and its tracking, that have revealed the death penalty is applied unreasonably.
It released a report that in 2003, 290 blacks had been put to death on April 10 and at least 10 more black convicts were scheduled to be executed by the end of July. This brought the total to 300 death that year. The United States Department of Justice found that 48 percent of White defendants were able to not receive the penalty if he/she pleads guilty. But yet, only 25 percent of Black defendants and 28 percent of Hispanics were able to plea bargaining for the exchange to get a life sentence. The death penalty is the easy way out for criminals.
They won’t be able to feel the guilt for the person they killed. A person should be able to carry all the pain and guilt they have suffered to the other person’s loved ones. Not only does the law kill people who may be innocent but also people of color. Why have a law that kills a big amount of innocent people or that discriminates people?
- CBS News. “Death Penalty Discrimination.” CBS News, CBS Interactive, 24 Apr. 2003, www.cbsnews.com/news/death-penalty-discrimination/.
- NAACP. “NAACP Death Penalty Fact Sheet.” NAACP, 6 Feb. 2018, www.naacp.org/latest/naacp-death-penalty-fact-sheet/.
- Death Penalty Information Center. “Racial Disparities in Federal Death Penalty Prosecutions 1988-1994.” Death Penalty Information Center, 1 Mar. 1994, deathpenaltyinfo.org/facts-and-research/dpic-reports/in-depth/racial-disparities-in-federal-death-penalty-prosecutions-1988-1994.
- Sabau, T.C. “15 Surprising Facts About The Death Penalty In The US.” TheRichest, TheRichest, 28 Apr. 2017, www.therichest.com/shocking/15-surprising-facts-about-the-death-penalty-in-the-us/.