The Death Penalty as a Social Problem Argumentative Essay by scribbler

The Death Penalty as a Social Problem
Argues in favor of abolishing the death penalty.
# 151930 | 2,689 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2012 | US
Published on Oct 26, 2012 in Law (Criminal) , Hot Topics (Capital Punishment)

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This paper argues against the death penalty, stating that it should be abolished due to Constitutional issues. Both sides of this debate are presented in an even handed manner, however the author concludes that capital punishment is not legal. In particular, the paper cites the results of DNA testing that have proven numerous convicts on death row innocent. Additionally, the paper notes the cost of appeals which makes the process of a death row conviction more expensive to tax payers. Next, the paper deals with the question of innocence further citing several cases that illustrate this point. Then, the paper points to the inconsistent use of the death penalty in the US, especially with minorities. Finally, the paper explores the issue of human rights in relation to the death penalty, stating that it is a human rights violation.

From the Paper:

"While both sides of the argument have merit, after careful examination of both sides of the issue, it has become clear to me that abolishing the death penalty is the only reasonable solution. I do not see a scenario in which it is possible to balance the American ideals of liberty with the efficient use of the death penalty. Appeals are a part of the American justice system, and, with some people on death row having been found actually innocent after full and fair trials, they cannot be stripped away from the criminal justice system, especially in a capital context. In fact, according to the Innocence Project, there have been 232 exonerations in the United States due to DNA testing, including 17 people on death row (Mission statement, 2009). While 232 people may seem like an insignificant number, that number only reflects the actual number of people who have been exonerated, not the number of people making actual innocence claims. In fact, Brandon Moon, an exoneree, believes that at least.1% of people in prison are actually innocent (Hall, 2009). If his estimates are accurate, when one considers that there are literally millions of Americans in prison, there could easily..."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Atkins v. Virginia, 536 U.S. 304 (2002).
  • "Cost." National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. 2010. National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. 26 Feb. 2010<>.
  • "Death Penalty Defies International Human Rights Standards." Amnesty International U.S.A. 2007. Amnesty International U.S.A. 26 Feb. 2010 <>.
  • Hall, M. "The Exonerated." Texas Monthly, Nov. 2008: 36(11), 148.
  • "Innocence." National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. 2010. National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. 26 Feb. 2010 <>.

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