Death Sentence Should Be Banned

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The Death Sentence Should Be Banned

"An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth" This is another way for someone to say they are supportive of the death penalty. The death penalty, to me, is revenge. It kills innocent people every year. Many of the families of victims do not want the criminals to be put to death. The death penalty costs more than a life sentence in jail. "Since 1976, there have been five hundred twenty-three executions in the United States, twenty-three in 1999 alone. There was only eleven before 1984. Then the number rose to twenty-one that year. The number of execution stayed around twenty then dropped to eleven in 1988. Then it steadily rose from there to seventy-four executions in 1997. That was the highest since 1976."(Death Penalty Information Center, P.1) The electrocution method is used by ten states. The gas chamber is used in five states. There are still two states today that use hanging as a method of execution, and two other states use a firing squad. I believe Capital punishment also goes against the Constitution of the United States. Amendments eight and fourteen state that no cruel and unusual punishment can be inflicted and no state can deprive any person of life liberty or property. The death penalty clearly takes these privileges away from American citizens. Everybody makes mistakes. If a jury makes a mistake and a person is falsely accused of murder when they find out they messed up they want to take the sentence away. If the sentence is life in prison, they can tell the person they are sorry and they can go free. It does not work that way if they sentence a person to death. If a jury falsely accuses a person of a crime they did not commit with a sentence to death, they cannot take it back. It will be too late. The person will not be able to get their life back. Every year four innocent people are put to death.…...

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