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Wouldn't you feel guilty if you were responsible for the execution of an innocent person?

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Wouldn't you feel guilty if you were responsible for the execution of an innocent person? Every year, thousands of people from around the world are executed or sentenced to death after being convicted of murder. In 2003, there were over 80 executions in the USA. But all of these may have been innocent. Since 1973, 112 people have been let off death row in the USA after being cleared of the murder they were convicted of. All of these could have been killed, by millions of electric bolts shooting through their bodies, or a deadly mixture of poisons being injected into their blood stream. Then when they were found innocent, they could not have been released. If they had simply been imprisoned, they could have been freed, but once someone is dead, they cannot be brought back to life. Many people say that a murderer has taken someone's life, so their life should be taken too. ...read more.

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However, I disagree and think that prison is a more effective punishment. Death is just a few minutes of intense pain, but prison could be hell for years. You are stripped of your freedom and all privileges and you are locked away for years. But death is just a few measly minutes of intense pain and humiliation and then it is all over. Hence, life imprisonment is a much more effective punishment than the death sentence. The death sentence used to have great public support, but recently it has declined. In 2002 a survey by the Bureau of Justice showed that 53% of the American population chose the death sentence as their preferred punishment for convicted murderers. Nevertheless, life imprisonment was not far behind with 44%, which means that in a few years the death sentence may only be supported by the minority of American citizens. Over here in Britain, a survey by 'The Guardian' shows that British support for capital punishment has plummeted considerably since 1995, from 47% to 36%. ...read more.

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This money should be used to get crime rates down. In 2002, 1060 people were executed in China and there were at least 113 executions in Iran. This shows that the crime rates in these countries are rocketing, and surely instead of using money to execute people, the money could go towards stopping murder and to educate people about crime. The money should be used to make sure crimes don't occur in the first place, instead of just punishing those who commit them. This is another way we can all benefit from abolishing the death sentence. Consequently, the death penalty should be completely abolished, as there is no reason why it should still be practiced. Lives are wasted, innocent people are killed and yet there are still murders going on everyday. Execution doesn't stop crime, so what's the point carrying it on? The problem is not being solved, and nobody is trying to solve it. All we need to do is get rid of this terrifyingly brutal form of punishment and let justice be done in a fair, but un-violent, way. Emma Finch ...read more.

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