Death Penalty

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Da’Jonna McCloud
ENC 1101
19 November 2010

Death Penalty (Against It)
The power to take human life, perpetuates social injustices by disproportionately targeting people of color and people who cannot afford good attorneys. Therefore, the death penalty should be banned in the United States Capital punishment is not always appropriate, because poor people have to succumb to death penalty as they cannot afford good lawyers to defend their stance. Also, an individual from minority communities are more likely to be given death penalty because in our society today the crime rate is increasing and the minority are more at risk, for the simple reason that minorities homes, schools, and etc are more rundown and have less funding to support each other. Every human being is entitled to receive a second chance in life. Putting a convict behind bars is always a logical option than killing him/her, as there is a chance that he/she may improve. People who have served life sentences are reported to have bettered their earlier ways of living and have made worthwhile contribution to the society.
Also, there is a chance that an individual is innocent and is wrongly charged for a crime he/she has never committed. There have been cases where individuals were released after being given death sentences, because they were proved innocent. According to past articles there have been cases where a person’s innocence was proved after he/she
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was put to death. Killing a person is not humane, even if the criminal is humane. Some people consider putting a pet asleep is humane if the animal is in great pain, but doing the
same thing for a person is often not considered humane, because the person is not in pain to get the death penalty. It sends the wrong message: why kill people who kill people to show killing is wrong. The state is actually using a murder to punish someone who committed a murder; meaning the convict already committed...