The Death Penalty
December 12, 1984, the first jolt failed to kill Alpha Otis Stephens, he struggled for eight minutes before a second jolt finished the job. The first jolt took two minutes, and then there was a six-minute pause. During this six-minute pause body could cool before physicians could examine him and declare that another jolt was needed. Stephens took 23 breaths, during that six-minute interval. Such incidents prove that the death penalty constitutes cruel and unusual punishment and should be replaced by life in prison. The following reasons prove that the death penalty harms rather than helps any quest for a just, humane society.
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She was the first woman to be executed in Florida since 1848. It seems that the death penalty is reserved for men. 1986 study in Georgia showed that persons who killed "whites were four times more likely to be sentenced to death than convicted killers of non-whites."
Even so, many convicted murderers are later found innocent, and have been pardoned. Is impossible to pardon a corpse? In 1987, a study published by the Stanford Law Review found at least 350 people between 1900 and 1985 in America were innocent of the crime for which they were convicted, and could have been sentenced to death. 139 "were sentenced to death and as many as 23 were executed."
Finally, Many people feel that the death penalty will deter criminals from killing. Yet, the death penalty has not been shown to be effective in the reduction of the homicide rate. Does the death penalty deter homicides? People murder for various reasons and under many different situations:
- during domestic disputes, when passions are inflamed
- Under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, when the individual is not in rational control.
- Hit men murdering doing contract...