Get rid of death penalty

Published Apr 6, 2013 at 05:00AM

It is unequivocally clear that the death penalty does not deter violent crime. So, why do so many states still have and use the death penalty? Even though great effort is expended in an attempt to avoid making mistakes, the undeniable truth is humans do make mistakes. The juries in the courtrooms in America are made up of humans, therefore, we cannot guarantee that no innocent human being has ever been executed by the state, or that no innocent human being will ever be executed in the future.

What if the U.S. abolished the death penalty as so many countries around the world have done? Wouldn’t that be an extremely kind and humane action to take, whereby we could absolutely, positively guarantee that no innocent human being will ever be executed by any state in the United States of America?

Darrel McOmber

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