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and Significance The Death Penalty By
Dulce The death penalty has been favored by many all over the USA. Many americans believe true death is the way to go to deal with a criminal who has done his share of bad deeds. If you look closely though, and really think about it, you will see that judging someone and condemning them to true death is unconstitutional and inhumane. The cost of Capital Punishment Methods of Execution Lethal Injection Electrocution Gas Chamber Firing Squad Background -Not every person that has been on death row has been rightfully convicted.

-Since 1976, 486 prisoners on death row have been found to be innocent. That's 1 for every 7 executions.

-Due to the need for a speedy execution, fewer and fewer attorneys defend the inmates on death row.

-49 states have post conviction DNA testing access statutes to determine the criminal behind death row. Help prevent anymore innocent deaths Arguments to Capital Punishment... In the USA, a majority of the people supports capital punishment and vote for those politicians that take a strong stand against crime. Those who support the death penalty use such arguments as: `An eye for an eye!
`Society should not have to pay for someone so dangerous that they can never return to live around normal people.
`The threat of execution is enough to make criminals think twice about committing a capital crime. But... What is this teaching americans? That it's okay to put one to death because they killed another? Wouldn't that make us hypocrites? The death penalty is a web of contradictions. Our 8th amendment prohibits "cruel and unusual punishment".
What would you consider Capital Punishment to be? Resources-

"DEATH ROW: The Wrong Men On Death Row." DEATH ROW: The Wrong Men On Death Row. Web. 04 Apr. 2013.

"The Innocence Project - Access To Post-Conviction DNA Testing." The Innocence Project - Access To Post-Conviction DNA Testing. Web. 04 Apr. 2013.

"Part I: History of the Death Penalty." Death Penalty Information Center. Web. 04 Apr. 2013.

"Pros & Cons of the Death Penalty." About.com US Liberal Politics. Web. 04 Apr. 2013.

"Death Penalty : Facts." Death Penalty : Facts. Web. 08 Apr. 2013.
"Death Row Information." Death Row Information. Web. 08 Apr. 2013.

"Death Penalty : Stories of Wrongful Conviction from California." Death Penalty : Stories of Wrongful Conviction from California. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Apr. 2013. What they don't tell you about Capital Punishment... -Mentally ill patients may be put to death.

-Financial costs to taxpayers of capital punishment is several times that of keeping someone in prison for life.

-The possibility exists that innocent men and women may be put to death.

-It creates sympathy for the monstrous perpetrators of the crimes.

-The endless appeals and required additional procedures clog our court system.

-It often draws top talent lawyers who will work for little or no cost due to the publicity of the case and their personal beliefs against the morality of the death penalty, increasing the chances a technicality or a manipulated jury will release a guilt person. Conclusion By abolishing Capital punishment it would not only stop the hypocrisy of our nation, but it will enable us to use that funding to preserve lives instead of putting them to death. Some cons to think about... income level-
"Who pays the ultimate penalty for crimes? The poor. Who gets the death penalty? The poor. After all the rhetoric that goes on in legislative assemblies, in the end, when the net is cast out, it is the poor who are selected to die in this country. And why do poor people get the death penalty? It has everything to do with the kind of defense they get. Money gets you good defense. That's why you'll never see an O.J. Simpson on death row. As the saying goes: 'Capital punishment means them without the capital get the punishment.'"
Helen Prejean, MA
Anti-death penalty activist and author of Dead Man Walking
"Would Jesus Pull the Switch?,” Salt of the Earth
1997 Some cons to think about........ "The American Medical Association's policy is clear and unambiguous... requiring physicians to participate in executions violates their oath to protect lives and erodes public confidence in the medical profession. A physician is a member of a profession dedicated to preserving life... The use of a physician's clinical skill and judgment for purposes other than promoting an individual's health and welfare undermines a basic ethical foundation of medicine — first, do no harm. The guidelines in the AMA Code of Medical Ethics address physician participation in executions involving lethal injection. The ethical opinion explicitly prohibits selecting injection sites for executions by lethal injection, starting intravenous lines, prescribing, administering, or supervising the use of lethal drugs, monitoring vital signs, on site or remotely, and declaring death." Wrongfully accused people Herman Atkins-

Convicted of: Forcible Rape, Forcible Oral Copulation, and Robbery
Year of Conviction: 1988
Sentence: 45 years
Year Released: 2000
Years Served: 11.5 years
Wrongful Conviction Factors: Mistaken eyewitness identification Kevin Baruxes-

County: San Diego
Convicted of: Rape
Year of Conviction: 1996
Sentence: 15 years to life
Year Released: 2003
Years Served: 7.5 years
Wrongful Conviction Factors: False testimony by witness Arvind Balu

County: Lake
Convicted of: Gang Rape
Year of Conviction: 1997
Sentence: 20 years
Year Released: 2005
Years Served: 8 years
Wrongful Conviction Factors: False Testimony, Inadequate Representation, Prosecutorial Misconduct Arthur Carmona
County: Orange
Convicted of: Armed Robbery (2 counts)
Year of Conviction: 1998
Sentence: 12 years
Year Released: 2000
Years Served: 2 years
Wrongful Conviction Factors: Mistaken eyewitness identification; police misconduct Clarence Chance and Benny Powell

County: Los Angeles
Convicted of: 1st Degree Murder and Robbery
Year of Conviction: 1975
Sentence: Life without parole
Year Released: 1992
Years Served: 17 years
Wrongful Conviction Factors: Police misconduct; perjured testimony; false informant testimony Patrick Croy

County: Placer
Convicted of: 1st Degree Murder
Year of Conviction: 1978
Sentence: Death
Year Released: 1990
Years Served: 10 years
Wrongful Conviction Factors: Erroneous jury instructions; ineffective assistance of counsel Antoine Goff & John Tennison

County: San Francisco
Convicted of: 1 st Degree Murder
Year of Conviction: 1990
Sentence: 27 years to life
Year Released: 2003
Years Served: 13 yearsWrongful Conviction Factors: Police misconduct Thomas Goldstein

County: Long Beach
Convicted of: 1st Degree Murder
Year of Conviction: 1980
Sentence: 27 years to life
Year Released: 2004Years
Served: 24 years
Wrongful Conviction Factors: False testimony by informant; misconduct of prosecutor; eyewitness error These are only a few we've decided to share with you. There are countless more.
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