I have studied the death penalty for more than half my lifetime. I have debated it hundreds of times. I have heard all the arguments, analyzed all the evidence I could find, measured public opinion when it was opposed to the practice, when it was indifferent, and when it was passionately in favor. Always I have concluded the death penalty is wrong because it lowers us all it is a surrender to the worst that is in us it uses a power - the official power to kill by execution - that has never elevated a society, never brought back a life, never inspired anything but hate. This is a serious moral problem for every U. S. Governor who presides over executions - whether in Georgia, Texas or even, theoretically, New York. All states should do as the bold few have done and officially outlaw this form of punishment.
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Essay UK is a trading name of Student Academic Services Limited, a company registered in England and Wales under Company Number 58866989. VAT Number 779599868. Registered Data Controller No: ZA795899. States that still have the death penalty as red stars and those that don't as white stars. The star representing Texas appears to have trailing blood smear, apparently because of the enormous number of executions per capita in that state. The caption says Abolish the Death Penalty. They enclose a stencil with some fabric paint so that you can change red stars to white as additional states abolish capital punishment. See: Amazon. Because this shirt will likely be a conversation-starter, AI has supplied three arguments against the death penalty: One great thing about this T-shirt is that you can proudly wear it if you are a supporter of the death penalty. All you have to do is to erase the word Abolish. Other T-shirts, both for and against the death penalty are available on the Cafe Press web site at: They also sell bumper stickers, cups, wall clocks, tote bags, hats, mugs, and buttons We need to kill the death penalty, not people. Here are 65 reasons why, any one of which could be enough. 6) Democracy. The death penalty is totalitarian.
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I don’t want anyone killed in my name, in our name. 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. The current system enforces that we citizens are co-responsible for our fellow citizens’ state-sanctioned murder, which is more akin to fascism than democracy. I dissent. 7) Barbarism. The death penalty is barbaric and an antiquated, regressive, “cruel and unusual” punishment. 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. Professor Austin Sarat estimates that “executions by lethal injection are botched at a higher rate than any of the other methods employed since the late 69th century, 7 percent. ”8) Cost. The death penalty is quite expensive and life imprisonment can be cheaper. 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. And many billions over the coming decades. 9) Deterrence.
The death penalty doesn’t have a deterrent factor and doesn’t decrease crime. States with the death penalty do not have lower homicide rates. Many criminals don’t get caught, most criminals don’t receive the death penalty, and those who do are typically on death row for a long time, often at least a decade and sometimes more, so would-be criminals don’t typically make a connection between their crime and capital punishment. We cannot conclude that the death penalty has any deterrent effect on crime, including murder. A breakdown of the arguments given in favour of abolishing (or against reintroducing) the death penalty. Everyone thinks human life is valuable. Some of those against capital punishment believe that human life is so valuable that even the worst murderers should not be deprived of the value of their lives. They believe that the value of the offender's life cannot be destroyed by the offender's bad conduct - even if they have killed someone. Some abolitionists don't go that far. They say that life should be preserved unless there is a very good reason not to, and that the those who are in favour of capital punishment are the ones who have to justify their position. Since 6987, the American Baptist Churches in the U.
A. Has opposed capital punishment in the United States.