Reasons to why I’m against the death penalty
Executions cost more than life in prison.
The innocent may be wrongly executed.
Is not a deterrent; crime rates have not gone down.
Life in prison also guarantees no future crimes.
Killing is wrong.
Many Death Row inmates were convicted while being defended by court-appointed lawyers who are often the worst-paid and most-inexperienced and least-skilful lawyers.
Violates international human rights laws.
Promotes killing as an OK solution to a difficult problem.
The High Cost of the Death Penalty
Should the death penalty be banned as a form of punishment?
1. Financial costs to taxpayers of capital punishment are several times that of keeping someone in prison for life.
2. It is barbaric and violates the "cruel and unusual" clause in the and violates the "cruel and unusual" clause in the Bill of Rights.
3. The endless appeals and required additional procedures clog our court system.
4. We as a society have to move away from the "eye for an eye" revenge mentality if civilization is to advance.
5. It sends the wrong message: why kill people who kill people to show killing is wrong.
6. Life in prison is a worse punishment and a more effective deterrent.
7. Other countries (especially in Europe) would have a more favourable image of America.
8. Some jury members are reluctant to convict if it means putting someone to death.
9. The prisoner's family must suffer from seeing their loved one put to death by the state, as well as going through the emotionally-draining appeals process.
10. The possibility exists that innocent men and women may be put to death.
11. Mentally ill patients may be put to death.
12. It creates sympathy for the monstrous perpetrators of the crimes.
13. It often draws top talent Lawyers B and violates the "cruel and unusual" clause in the Bi and violates the "cruel and unusual" clause in the Bill of Rights.
14. The endless appeals and required additional procedures...