Jun 18 2020
The death penalty should be abolished.
Do you think it's morally correct to give someone a death penalty?
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I think death penalties should be abolished for three reasons. First of all, it isn’t morally correct. We can’t be the judges of who lives and who dies. In modern day, the established racism within our criminal justice systems has become more apparent. The death penalty has proved to be discriminatory in its nature. According to the Death Penalty Information Center, in some states, juries are three times more likely to give a death penalty to a black criminal than a white criminal. By killing the offender, you can’t bring justice to the situation. As Coretta Scott King said, "An evil deed is not redeemed by an evil deed of retaliation. Justice is never advanced in the taking of a human life. Morality is never upheld by a legalized murder." Also, there is no humane way to kill. All methods of murder are brutal and painful. The nature of these cruel deaths will only continue to maintain the cycle of violence and won’t lessen the pain of the victim’s family and friends. Taking a life, even as punishment, is still murder. Additionally, the death penalty is irreversible. Our judgments may lead to people paying for crimes they did not commit. For example, a Texas man named Cameron Todd Willingham was executed for allegedly setting a fire that killed his three daughters. After his execution, further evidence revealed that Willingham did not set the fire that caused their deaths. But by then, it was too late. Finally, the death penalty doesn’t reduce the number of crimes committed, instead, it does the opposite. If it’s not more effective than serving terms in prison, then why should we take the more violent path? In Canada, the death penalty was abolished in 1976, and since then, the murder rate has steadily declined. The death penalty is no longer practical in means of punishing people. It costs us morally as a society, making us guilty of the murder and it must end.
Jun 19 2020
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