Death Penalty

Should the death penalty be allowed?

Why is this a issue?

1,188 people were executed in the US from 1977 through 2009, primarily by means of lethal injection. Most death penalty cases involve the execution of murderers, however thats not all that were crucified. Some of the victims of this horrible act are not guilty but didn't have enough evidence to prove their innocence.

Pros & Cons

Pro: Attorney Quality- "Defense attorneys... routinely file all manner of motions and objections to protect their clients from conviction.

Pro: Cost of Death vs. Life in Prison- There also appears to be no question that, over time, equivalent LWOP cases are much more expensive... than death penalty cases.

Pro: Morality- The crimes of rape, torture, treason, kidnapping, murder, larceny, and perjury pivot on a moral code that escapes apodictic [indisputably true] proof by expert testimony or otherwise.

Con: Race- The U.S. Department of Justice’s own figures reveal that between 2001 and 2006, 48 percent of defendants in federal cases in which the death penalty was sought were African Americans… the biggest argument against the death penalty is that it is handed out in a biased, racially disparate manner.

Con: Income Level- "Who pays the ultimate penalty for crimes? The poor. Who gets the death penalty? The poor. After all the rhetoric that goes on in legislative assemblies, in the end, when the net is cast out, it is the poor who are selected to die in this country.

Con: Irrevocable Mistakes- Since the reinstatement of the modern death penalty, 87 people have been freed from death row because they were later proven innocent. That is a demonstrated error rate of 1 innocent person for every 7 persons executed.