Death Penalty vs. Life Sentenc

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Death Penalty vs. Life Sentences Without Parole Did you know each year there are about 250 people added to death row and 35 executed? Many people oppose of the death penalty, yet many people approve it, but it is not up to us to decide what is best, for it is up to the government. Ever since the year 1976, when capital punishment was brought forth there has been the question of what is better; death penalty or life sentence without parole, which will be talked about in this essay based on deterrence, the wrongfully convicted and moral arguments. People say that life sentence without parole is just as much of an effective deterrent as the death penalty. They say this because it would be just as bad, if not worse, to get a life sentence as it would to get the death penalty. Imagine being stuck in a small cell for the rest of your life. Some people rather die and some people in prison even commit suicide. People also argue that murderers don’t fear death because they don’t take the time to think about the consequences of their actions, for if they did than they wouldn’t have committed the crime in the first place. In addition, some of the murderers don’t care if they are put to death and would even prefer it because t Continue...

They believe the death penalty is a form of cruel and unusual punishment. Furthermore, others say that states which do have the death penalty have higher crime rates than those that don't, and that a more severe punishment only inspires more severe crimes. made, this is the necessary price that must be paid within a society which is made up of human beings. Moreover, people argue that, how can murder be taken seriously if the penalty isn't equally as serious A crime is only as severe as the punishment that follows it. Additionally, no matter what, people should not take another life even if that person committed a terrible crime or crimes. He had been imprisoned for six years and sentenced to death for a crime to which another man had confessed. Factors leading to wrongful convictions include: "inadequate legal representation, police and prosecutorial misconduct, perjured testimony and mistaken eyewitness testimony, racial prejudice, tainted jailhouse, "snitch" testimony, and suppression of mitigating evidence and misinterpretation of evidence, (www. In 1985 a study was published by economist Stephen K. human authorities is that they take every reasonable precaution against the danger of error. " Ever since the year 1976 when capital punishment was brought forth there has been the question of what is better: death penalty or life sentence without parole.