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An overview of the concept of being against capital punishment

Kill the Death Penalty: Here are 10 reasons why, any one of which could be enough. The death penalty is totalitarian.

Why the Death Penalty should be abolished

When the government prosecutes, convicts, sentences, and executes defendants, we the people are the plaintiff. Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel famously said that in a democracy, not all are at fault, but everyone is responsible. With all of our advances in the sciences, sociology, psychology, education, technology, and so on, we should have more socially-effective, non-lethal, civilized techniques to punish and rehabilitate criminals, while protecting the rest of society.

The death penalty is quite expensive and life imprisonment can be cheaper.

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Over the lifetime of a case, executing prisoners can be three times as expensive as life in prison, primarily due to the higher costs of capital punishment trials, automatic appeals, and the heightened security on death row with lower staff-to-prisoner ratios. Commuting all death sentences to life in prison would save hundreds of millions of dollars per year in the U.

States with the death penalty do not have lower homicide rates. We cannot conclude that the death penalty has any deterrent effect on crime, including murder. The death penalty is brutal on society. The brutalization effect suggests that when violence is condoned via the death penalty, more violence occurs. Homicide rates tend to increase around the time of executions, due to legitimation, desensitization, and imitation.

The death penalty makes society more dangerous by further increasing violence through the brutalization effect. The death penalty is uncivilized. Civilized countries have banned the death penalty as have 18 U. Innocent people are on death row and innocent people have been put to death.

These are irreversible tragedies.

Arguments against capital punishment

Since 1973, 144 prisoners on death row have been found to be innocent of the crimes for which they were convicted. The Death Penalty Information Centre strongly suspects that ten prisoners who were put to death were wrongly accused and killed.

The death penalty is racist and has been applied in racially-discriminatory ways. African American men are disproportionately sentenced to death. Prosecutors, juries, and judges are much more likely to apply the death penalty when the victim is white and the defendant is black. The death penalty is inhumane. Killing people makes us like the murderers who most of us so despise.

It is not only about what capital punishment does to those killed, but also what it does to those who do the killing and those in whose name the killing is done.

  • It is a fallacy that capital punishment costs more than life without parole Justice cannot be thought of in financial terms People not responsible for their acts This is not an argument against capital punishment itself, but against applying it wrongly;
  • This is the world we cover;
  • This is the world we live in.

The tide is turning against the death penalty. Increasingly, countries and states are banning the death penalty; drug companies are refusing to allow their products to be used for capital punishment; the U. Decreased crime rates, changes in sentencing guidelines, diminishing support, and demographics the young and people of color are much less likely to support the death penalty are all leading toward less capital punishment and its ultimate abolition.

There are also personal, political, religious, and spiritual reasons to oppose capital punishment.

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