The technology advancements alone have led to several cold cases freeing the wrongfully convicted. What are some of the contributing factors wrongful convictions? There is no way to make a right for the justice system can do for those wrongfully convicted. The loss of time however, there have been some initiatives about compensation for the errors that have happen. The public opinion is so strong when it comes to catching these criminals.
As long as the criminal is still alive, they are still capable of killing or hurting someone . Putting a criminal in prison makes the government look more sympathetic towards the criminal than the victim. The government needs to send out a strong message that they will not tolerate such crimes and they won't let them get away with it, prison time is enough to stop most people, but for some people a stronger reason is needed. Having a functional death penalty law will help protect the public from society’s worst
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.
It’s mind blowing how the justice sentence can convict somebody solely off an eye witness testimony, especially if the eye-witness isn’t accurate. “Eyewitness misidentification is the greatest contributing factor to wrongful convictions proven by DNA testing, playing a role in more than 70% of convictions overturned through DNA testing nationwide.’’ (Eyewitness Misindentification,2017) Immediately after reporting the crime, the victim was taken to a hospital where a rape kit was administered, and swabs were taking from her body. Days after the rape the victim was also shown two photo lineups of suspects, however she didn’t identify anyone. Following the attack, the victim moved from San Antonio to Dallas. The case remained unsolved for a little over a year, that was until Dallas detectives mailed another photo line up to the victim in San Antonio, where she subsequently chose Lindsey as her alleged rapist.
It is a proven fact that every time an execution happens, a minimum of 3 innocent people are tried and killed for the crime before the actual killer is even caught. The idea that so many civilians could die for something they had no part in is sad, as that is basically sacrificing a specific amount of good people just to kill one murderer. Innocent people can be convicted for different reasons, but a big one is when they receive a bad attorney. According to Martin Yant, author of the book Presumed Guilty: When Innocent People Are Wrongly Convicted, states “Larry Hicks was almost executed for a murder he didn’t commit because he has a lazy court-appointed attorney who didn’t even bother to appeal his conviction” (12). An innocent person would have been killed for something that was the court’s fault.
Justice Henry says there needs to be substantial penalties for false witnesses (Ekert). From this one can conclude that people are trying to stop false witnesses. This is happening by sending them to jail. Three false witnesses in a murder case received double-digit prison sentences (O’Grady). This shows that people are taking steps to the right path of justice.
On August 28th 1955, a fourteen-year-old black boy was brutally murdered by two white men because he allegedly flirted with a white woman. The accused were acquitted, and walked away free from a second trail due to a legal practice preventing someone to be recharged with a crime that has already been pressed against them- double jeopardy. Double jeopardy should be subject to revocation if a subject in question for a crime admits they are guilty or information providing evidence against an indicted person should arise. Complete double jeopardy gives guilty people freedom to confess, without repercussions, to the world. Their freedom from consequence is wrong because serious crimes should be payed for, their liberty puts others at risk, and victims and their families should be able to see their aggressor put behind bars for mental health reasons.
Us living in a america, were born to live a good life, if we have twisted people who want to try to corrupt and kill why should we allow that? We are putting people we love and care about at risk. If criminals think they could get away with one they are more likely to do it again studies show. 3 to 18 people could be saved from a guilty killer. If you put the death penalty in play criminals will more than likely think twice before doing a crime because they know at the end of the day they will have to pay for there actions.
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
Those individuals who are against the punishment don’t realize how crucial the crimes that convicts commit and the amount of damage they have caused. While many individuals have negative opinions towards the Death Penalty, however, it leads to a positive effect towards society because of retribution for the victims, cost-effectiveness, and deters crime. Retribution is an emotion that most victims encounter towards a criminal act and use the Death Penalty as a form of vengeance. In 2014, Jeff Ferguson, a killer who murdered a girl named Kelli Hall, was executed and Kelly's father commented, “it conveyed such genuine remorse for the pain he had cause for both my family and is because of his horrible actions”(New Voices - Victims'