Try to imagine that you have just been sentenced, and the verdict was guilty and the sentence was capital punishment. What the courts did not now was that you where wrongly convicted of the crime and where really innocent. After months of trying to appeal the case, on the grounds that you are innocent, but your death sentence gets carried out, months latter it was discovered that you where wrongly convinced of a capital crime. Think this could never happen; think again, 23 innocent people have been mistakenly excited this century alone. Also each year, approximately 4.5 people who have been convinced of capital crimes have been found to be actually innocent. If these are not enough reasons against the death penalty how about being inhuman, making murders into heroes, curl and usual punishment, applied unfairly to minorities, and the high cost, just to name a few.
Innocent people can and have been executed, not only adults but children as well. Over sixty-nine people have been released since 1972 as a result of being wrongly convicted. Also each year around 4.5 people have been wrongly convicted of capital crimes. According to a 1987 study, 23 people who were innocent of the crimes, which they were convicted of, where, excited between 1985 and 1900 (Long 7). Adults are the only people executed by the death penalty, since 1973 160 children have executed by capital punishment. George Stinney was the youngest person executed in the U.S., he was a fourteen-year-old black boy who was electrocuted by South Carolina.
Some people, who are in support of the death penalty, say that it is cheaper to just execute a criminal that life in prison. The average coast to keep a criminal in prison for a lifetime sentence is around $10,000 a year. After all is said and done, the average coast of just one public execution is around a couple of million dollars (Long 8). Because of this for the future of capital punis