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The death Penalty - persuasive essay.

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Vidya Prabhu Expo. & Research Persuasive Essay Jan. 26, 2004 2004 wasn't just any year for Nicholas Yarris. He had spent more than half of his life in prison. The fate that awaited him was execution. But on January 16th he was released, and all charges put against him were dropped. The man was found to be innocent. Yarris was lucky, however. Some prisoners were killed, only to be found innocent years after their deaths. All this, and many other pieces of evidence show that the death penalty is a harsh and irreversible punishment with no room for error. Not only can mistakes be made, but the death penalty is not a fair punishment and it does not help the crime rate. Alternate punishments can be used in the stead of death penalty that are more humane solutions to punishing criminals. There is a lot of unfairness in court systems. ...read more.

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Those who do have the money, have a higher rate of being treated fairly during the trial and being represented fairly. Mistakes made when concerning the death penalty are very serious. Innocent people could be murdered for crimes they did not commit. Once a person is dead, there is no way to bring them back, apologize, and set them free. One out of every eight people on death row are usually found to be innocent. As expert Clarence Page once said, "...the death penalty poses more hazards on innocent life then its worth." The sacrificing of so many innocent lives really is a hazard on innocent life. Sometimes policemen force a suspect into giving a false confession in order to get over with the case. This gives the impression that the court system is merely wants to have someone punished and is not particularly interested in whether or not they are innocent. ...read more.

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Executing the criminals wouldn't be necessary. Also, executing a criminal uses up a lot of money. One to two million dollars are used on criminals that are to be executing if the trial, appeals, and the actual execution itself are counted. Instead of wasting so much money on criminals, why not use less money and put them into life imprisonment/solitary confinement? A man named Shabaka Waglini spent much of his life on death row. Only 14 hours before his execution, evidence showed he was innocent and had not committed the crimes he'd been sentence for crimes. Waglini is proof that the death penalty really is more trouble than it's worth. An innocent was nearly lost, and there was much unfairness in his trial. 83% of all executions worldwide take place in the United States. Are we taking life for granted flinging death sentences left and right? The power to cause death has turned out to be America's most dangerous weapon in court systems. We must find a way to stop it from being misused. ...read more.

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