Politics

Death Penalty

Remember, let’s be polite; let’s be respectful; but most of all, let’s be outspoken. 

Is the United States Death Penalty morally Justified?

I am ethically against the death penalty with the exception of killing a person for the safety of society.

According to a team of legal experts and statisticians from Michigan and Pennsylvania, approximately 4.1 percent of all executions since 1973 were proven innocent. As of 2019, 200 people who were executed were proven innocent because of leading DNA technology. Many scientists have concluded that this number may be higher because DNA technology may not be nearly as advanced enough to prove innocence or because current technology is not available to all cases.

Therefore, what does this mean?

It means that the United States Justice system is flawed and full of discrepancies.  It means that people all over the United States are being convicted and executed for crimes that they did not commit. Also, families are being ripped apart by the trauma and grief of their loved ones.  Therefore, the American people cannot hold advocacy for the death penalty.


Now let’s address the opposing side.

When I engage in political debates on this topic I noticed that a common argument keeps on being used. “Someone is too dangerous to live.” or “The prisoner that we lock up is just going to escape again.”

Before I begin, I want to extend my deepest apologies and sympathy to anyone affected by criminals executed by the death penalty.

Let’s address the first argument. When I look at this argument, I ask the question, “How do we determine danger?” It’s not like we have a single metric unit for determining how dangerous one person. Which means that the argument is completely subjective.  The argument also brings up the question, “Who gets to determine who gets to die.” It cannot be the justice system because 200 people have died because of their decisions. It cannot be the people because we are bound by feelings and personal biases. Therefore, we may be corrupt in choosing who gets to die. So who gets to pull the trigger?

Now, let’s go to the second argument. I believe that this argument is a little more valid. However, the problem with refuting and/or supporting this argument is that there is little recent evidence. The most recent statistic is from the Bureau of Justice Statistics.

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According to this chart, the rate of escaped prisoners is rapidly decreasing every year in New York. Also, both of the sides of this debate have to consider the fact that prison technology and security is being advanced every day. However, there are still a number of prisoners escaping and I believe this percentage is what people are talking about.

First, let’s all agree that almost every single inmate( excluding mentally/physically disabled) has the capacity to escape a prison.  Therefore, does that mean we are to execute every single inmate because of that capacity? Executing over around 2,220,300 inmates (according to the BJS) is impractical and improbable. The American people cannot foresee the future, so they have no way of identifying who will escape.

These arguments are not only arguments for the death penalty. I am open to any conversations and debates about the topic. You can contact via messages, Instagram, or email. Remember, let’s be polite; let’s be respectful, but most of all; let’s be outspoken. 

Remember, let’s be polite; let’s be respectful; but most of all, let’s be outspoken. 

1 comment on “Death Penalty

  1. I do like the manner in which you have framed this specific issue plus it really does give me personally a lot of fodder for consideration. On the other hand, from what precisely I have experienced, I really trust when other remarks pile on that people stay on point and in no way embark upon a tirade associated with the news of the day. Anyway, thank you for this fantastic piece and whilst I do not go along with the idea in totality, I respect your standpoint.

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