The death Penalty - persuasive essay.

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Vidya Prabhu

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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. For example, if a male

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Caucasian murdered an African-American man, the punishment for him could vary, depending on the type of murder and other such details. About 6 Caucasians have been put to death so far for killing an African-American. But if it were a male African-American that killed a male Caucasian, he would four times more likely to be put to death for his crimes. It is also coincidental that the amount of African-Americans found to be innocent of their accused crimes is higher than that of Caucasians. So we can see that racial prejudice is a problem in court systems. Another unfair factor ...

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