Capital punishment should be a thing of the past

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published: 11 April 2018

Gone are the days when people were publicly hanged for their crimes, but we don’t live in a better society. Just because criminals’ deaths aren’t on full display doesn’t mean they are no longer being slaughtered for something they probably did, but may have not done.

Since the death penalty was reinstated by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1976, about 1,500 people have been executed, according to an article from CNN. The Death Penalty Information Center notes that there are over 2,800 people currently on death row, which is far too many. That number should be zero.

Society and the law agree that killing someone is wrong and that no one should be able to decide when to end someone’s life, but capital punishment does just that. It’s not any better for a group of people to decide someone deserves to die anymore than it is for one person to make the choice to kill someone. Sentencing someone to the death penalty is no better than killing them yourself.

A big problem I have is if a person is wrongfully convicted and actually innocent. From 2000 to 2011, there was an average of five exonerations per year, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.

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