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This paper examines how possibly one of the most controversial issues in the American criminal justice system is the sentence of capital punishment. It explains how, for years, there has been a heated debate as to whether or not it is an ethically and morally proper punishment or whether it is cruel and unusual and in violation of the Eighth Amendment.
From the Paper:"Recently, a halt was put on executions in the state of Illinois after it was discovered that there were many flaws in Illinois' police and court conduct. According to an article in The American Prospect, there were numerous accounts of eyewitnesses who gave unreliable, incorrect accounts during trials. Along with this, there were also eyewitnesses who had falsely identified suspects in line-ups. Finally, there were also claims that suspects were involuntarily forced to confess their guilt by law enforcement officials. The necessary decision to put a stop to death row was made by Illinois' Governor George Ryan, a republican formerly in favor of the death penalty, who realized that major problems were occurring in his states' police departments and courts."
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Capital Punishment (2005, June 22) Retrieved September 18, 2019, from https://www.academon.com/analytical-essay/capital-punishment-59592/
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