(May 30, 2006) The death penalty is a sentence that should be abolished.Should we do to the criminal as they did to the victim? What can be done since the sentence is irreversible?“Judges and juries can convict the innocent, as we know from the case of Donald Marshall, jailed for more than a decade for a murder he did not commit.”(143). Several times the same crimes are committed and different sentences are given out.
The effectiveness of the death penalty can be measured by the rates of crimes that demonstrate that this method of punishment does not reduce the number of criminal acts.
The main goal of the death penalty is to decrease the numbers of abhorrent crimes in the world.
There is no statistical data about the number of people killed as a result of their criminal acts, but there is the possibility that an innocent person can become the victim of the death penalty.
There is information that 4% of people executed by death penalty are innocent, and therefore, it is essential to abolish this type of punishment in all countries of the world in order to prevent the cases of killing innocent people (Goodman).
These are some of the issues with the death penalty.
My first issue is that the justice system is never 100% correct.
We don’t steal from the thieves, or rape the rapists. It would appear to condone the crime by repeating it.
It would be a wanton cruelty.” (140) Why do we murder the murderers?
“In Canada, before the death penalty was abolished, native Indians, Ukrainians, and French Canadians were more likely to be executed than others.”(141) A jury who consists of those who believe in the death penalty is more likely to vote guilty while one opposed may vote innocent.
They do not want to be held responsible for the death of someone, innocent or guilty. When someone murders someone else, the correct punishment is not to murder him or her, but to try and help them.