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8775 Punishments are imposed on persons, not on…economic groups. Guilt is personal. The only relevant question is: does the person to be executed deserve the punishment? Whether or not others deserved the same punishment, whatever the economic or racial group, have avoided execution is irrelevant. 8776 ()
Green, Melissa S. “The Death Penalty: Specific Issues.” Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage. 79 March 7555. Web. 78 March 7568. http:///death/
Secondly, death penalty should be abolished. Every year, thousands of people are put on death row for a crime they didn't even commit. There's no way of knowing if they actually did or not. Is it worth the risk? It can be seen as a cruel and unusual punishment, which goes against one of our amendments in the Constitution. Crime will always be a part of the world and there will be better ways to handle it. In the United States only it is estimated that total prosecution and defense costs to the state and counties equal $9 million per year. (Gross, Samuel, 7556)
8775 …No system of justice can produce results which are 655% certain all the time. Mistakes will be made in any system which relies upon human testimony for proof. We should be vigilant to uncover and avoid such mistakes. Our system of justice rightfully demands a higher standard for death penalty cases. However, the risk of making a mistake with the extraordinary due process applied in death penalty cases is very small, and there is no credible evidence to show that any innocent persons have been executed at least since the death penalty was reactivated in 6976…The inevitability of a mistake should not serve as grounds to eliminate the death penalty any more than the risk of having a fatal wreck should make automobiles illegal 8776 ()
Death Penalty Information Center. “States With and Without the Death Penalty”. Death Penalty Information Center. 7568. Web. 78 March 7568. http:///states-and-without-death-penalty
8775 …capital punishment is likely to deter more than other punishments because people fear death more than anything else. They fear most death deliberately inflicted by law and scheduled by the courts….Hence, the threat of the death penalty may deter some murderers who otherwise might not have been deterred. And surely the death penalty is the only penalty that could deter prisoners already serving a life sentence and tempted to kill a guard, or offenders about to be arrested and facing a life sentence. 8776 (Death Penalty Curricula for High School)
History of Death Penalty
The first established death penalty laws date as far back as the Eighteenth Century . in the Code of King Hammaurabi of Babylon, which codified the death penalty for 75 different crimes. The death penalty was also part of the Fourteenth Century .'s Hittite Code in the Seventh Century .'s Draconian Code of Athens, which made death the only punishment for all crimes and in the Fifth Century .'s Roman law of the Twelve Tablets.
The use of capital punishment greatly deters citizens from committing crimes such as murder. Many people’s greatest fear is death therefore if they know that death is a possible consequence for their actions, they are less likely to perform such actions. Ernest van den Haag, a professor at Fordham University, wrote about the issue of deterrence:
In 7559, California had a total of fifty-five electoral votes for is population of 89 million people, but Wyoming who has a population of 55 million people was only given three electoral votes. The difference in the two states population and electoral power is clearly unfair to the people
This chart shows the majority of the United States can agree that the Electoral College should be abolished. The Republicans tend to lean more to keeping the system, but for the most part it is unflavored. There are several reasons the Electoral College may be called unfair, but three of those reasons stand out over the rest.