Nearly killing or taking away many precious years of life from an innocent individual in jail, to me, is enough reason to eliminate the death penalty. It is disturbing to think that the court system has killed someone's innocent father or has held someone’s innocent child captive for years and is a mental burden left on the minds of that individual’s unfortunate family. It is probably merely seen as a subtle mistake to the court because, “ courts do not generally entertain claims of innocence when the defendant is dead. Defense attorneys move on to other cases where clients’ lives can still be saved.” Although the number of people actually executed and claimed to have been innocent is only recorded at “23 people in the 20th century,” of the more than 1,000 people executed, it can only be assumed that there are more innocent individuals who were killed, than were recored (Jones). Truthfully, one person who is innocently ex...
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...being killed. Also, the killing of an individual because he has killed someone else is not what we as Americans have been taught to stand for. Lastly, the death penalty is certainly not the best economical solution for dealing with our troubled citizens. At the end of the day, these prisoners end up costing us as tax paying citizens, more dead than alive. I feel that the inmates that are on death row should no longer be subject to the death penalty and instead should be left to face life in prison.
Death Penalty Information Center. Web. 13 June 2011.
Jones, Eliot. "Capital Punishment: Debatabase - Debate Topics and Debate Motions." IDEA: International Debate Education Association - Debate Resources & Debate Tools. 13 Nov. 2000. Web. 13 June 2011.
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