The death penalty

The death penalty is one of the top ten controversial topics of 2014. With the possibility of someone being innocent but getting sentenced to death, the death penalty should be banned completely. Thirty states, including Pennsylvania, use the death penalty while it’s banned from Alaska, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. In the past forty-one years 144 people were proven innocent after being sentenced to the death penalty and they were released. Just since 1976, 1,373 people have been sentenced.

Being that if a white person was murdered, 75 percent of the time the murderer would be executed when only about 50 percent of murder victims are white, making the system seem a bit prejudiced. Not only is the death penalty harsh, the Supreme Court is deciding that some people can’t be sentenced to the death penalty because of personal problems.

For instance, it would be unconstitutional to execute a person with mental retardation, juveniles are being protected by the Courts and women barely have an issue with being sentences.

Only 14 women have been executed since 1976. Not to mention that in 1997, 265 people were sentenced and in 2013, only 80 people were sentenced, so someone important must be realizing it’s not an acceptable thing to do to most people who commit crimes even as serious as murder.

It’s been studied and after all of the fees for court and lawyers and the actual injection, the death penalty costs states millions of dollars more than it would cost to just put the criminal in jail for life. Different methods are available for use and people that matter to society even say that it isn’t the way to go.

Caitlin Weaver

Jersey Shore

Submitted by Virtual Newsroom