The Cons of the Death Penalty
“…Over 600 people were falsely convicted and 35 faced death for crimes that they did not commit…”(Johnson). The death penalty is an ineffective and expensive way of dealing justice to the American people. It is easier and cheaper to send someone to prison for life than to have them face the death penalty and be executed. Capital punishment is an unnecessary punishment because criminals are already managed at prisons.
The death penalty can lead to the death of innocent people. For example, “…According to a new study, serious errors occur in almost 70% of all trials leading to the death penalty…”(Leibman). This shows that if 100 people were put on death row, 70 would have serious mistakes in their cases, enough mistakes to have them executed even if they were innocent. This unacceptable amount of errors is the number one cause for mistrust of the legal system. In addition, “…dozens of inmates have been put to death in Texas despite unreliable evidence…”(The Chicago Tribune). This statement alone shows the truth about the death penalty. Innocent people are being executed and will continue to be executed unless the death penalty is abolished. For example, “…In several states innocent individuals may be executed because medical technology is not made available in time to prevent their death…”(American Association of Public Health Physicians). The lack of proper resources during a trial can make the difference between the innocence and guilt of a person. The death penalty does not always show the innocence or guilt of a person. It shows how much he or she is willing to spend to help the trial go his or her way. The death penalty is an unfair system to those who cannot afford the “evidence” they need to help free them.
The death penalty is a corrupt form of legal...