Wrongful convictions have plagued the world throughout history. When crimes are committed the public feels ascertain a way about the situation. Depending on the severity of the issues, the last thing the public wants is for the criminals to get away. The pressure intensifies to catch some one for the crime. The technology advancements alone have led to several cold cases freeing the wrongfully convicted.
It means that innocent people wouldn’t be getting executed for crimes they did not commit or were framed for. It means that families would be able to get answers for their questions and would maybe be able to start working towards forgiveness. The death penalty only really does harm when thinking of the big picture and the overall effects of this penalty. Without this possibility in the world, there would be a possibility of cohesion to happen more amongst different races and
In case the offence escapes, or something unfortunately happens, more innocents will die. However, people have the right to live. Moreover, if the offence is wrongly convicted, his or her life is ruined. In Just Mercy, there are many cases that told us about wrongful conviction and imprisonment by some reasons. Stevenson mentions, “My short time on death row
However, this very thinking contradicts our justice system that believes a defendant is “innocent until proven guilty,” by basically saying that justice doesn’t even pertain to capital punishment. You can’t say justice is being served and the person is innocent until proven guilty when you have the wrong person sitting in their cell on death row. Still, proponents believe our justice system should be principled on the proverb “an eye for an eye.” However, Byler goes on to argue, “Nobody advocates punishing rapists with rape or molesting molesters, yet the death penalty is deemed an appropriate response to violent crime” (Byler). And so opponents of the death penalty argue: Why can’t
This may be because the perpetrator is either psychotic and enjoys committing felonies or the offender simply doesn 't fear death. Aside from the fact that capital punishment may be an unfair punishment at times, not only does it gives the culprit no chances for rehabilitation, but can also be a miscarriage of justice; if someone were to be found innocent after having been executed, there 's no way to bring the person back meaning they have been killed because of human error. Sometimes the execution may go wrong and take longer than expected. The problem with killing a criminal is we never know if the methods used today caused him/her pain. If a person deserves to be harshly punished, imprisonment may be the answer.
We believe that everyone is innocent until proven guilty. Once proven guilty, a person should receive punishment. This is the purpose of the justice system. The whole rule of double jeopardy defies this, not bringing justice to those who deserve it as it forbids for the accused to be tried again. It will be more beneficial to society as a whole if we abolish double jeopardy, to correct the mistakes of the justice system and essential for progression.
Justice should not be sought out in vengeance for the sake of an eye for an eye on the part of the victim, family members, and community, instead lets offer restorative justice. Is there any credibility that the death penalty deters people from committing aggravated murder with such malice, or how about the probability of convicting an innocent person of capital punishment. Lastly, unlike society might think, the cost of an execution is substantially greater than life in prison. 153 people have been exonerated from death row since 1973, which means 153 people have been falsely convicted of a murder they did not commit due to faulty evidence, testimonies, and confessions that were given out of duress. An interview given by a woman who stated the guilt she felt has been awful, after she learned that the two men who were convicted of her cousin’s rape and murder were actually innocent and exonerated when DNA testing excluded them.
Numerous times we have seen that it has been unfair on people of low social status as well as colored people. The death penalty has also made it easier on the criminal because of the one time sentence that they get instead of suffering the rest of their lives for the high level crime that they committed. Lastly, the death penalty has been irreversible because innocent people that have been accused and killed by the death penalty are now dead forever for something that they did not do. All of this proves how the death penalty is not always the right way punish a