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Death Penalty in US

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The US currently remains one of the few countries that uses the death penalty. Since the 1976 reinstatement of the death penalty, public approval allowing for legal execution has rated as high as seventy percent. In Canada, the death penalty does not exist. Instead, the court issues a 25 year imprisonment without parole. According to Canadian polls, seventy percent wanted change and death penalty for first degree murders. However, the death penalty should be banned in the US. It is hypocritical to kill a murderer for killing a victim, which sends the contradictory message to the public. It is wrong to believe that killing one proves that justice is served. Using the death penalty as a source of revenge is incorrect in that justice still is not served. ...read more.


Since statistics show that countries without executions have lower homicide rates, shouldn't one agree that we are better off without the death penalty? Several methods of the death penalty also violate the 8th Amendment of the US Bill of Rights. Sentencing one to death by lethal injection, poison gas, electric chair, and the firing squad are all deemed as "cruel and unusual punishments." In Angel Nieves Diaz's case of lethal injection, some suspect that her death was not quick and painless. Due to incorrect procedure, it is suspected that Diaz suffered a long, drawn-out death, experiencing minutes of painful paralysis. The electric chair also remains vague in that no one knows whether the death experience is painful or not, or how long until one becomes dead. ...read more.


Appeals require time from judges, attorneys, and other court clerks for several years. Also allowing prisoners to serve lifetime imprisonment may not be an easier punishment but rather a more reflective and suffering experience. It is not necessary to drag on the pain in the victim's family for years. Although technological advances with DNA have decreased the chance of sentencing innocent prisoners to death, there still is always a possibility that one may be sentenced innocently. States like Texas are quick to execute: 40% on death row are sentenced to death whereas California has only sentenced 1% of its death row. Statistics prove that the death sentences have been declining since the 1990's. Fifteen years ago, three hundred death sentences were given. By 2000, 250 sentences were given, and by 2005 only 128 prisoners were sentenced to death. ...read more.

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