Classical Argument Paper

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Murder is wrong. In modern times, execution of criminals is being used by every country in the world. Capital punishment, or the death penalty, is the execution of a person by a government for serious crimes committed. Capital punishment has been used by almost all societies. Currently 58 nations support the death penalty, and 140 countries have abolished it. Abolish the death penalty because, first, it costs more for a death penalty than keeping a criminal alive. Second, the death penalty, or killing, is not right. It is morally wrong. Giving the death penalty to murderers makes everyone the same. Lastly, innocent people may be murdered.
The capital punishment is expensive. It costs more to sentence a prisoner to death than giving him/her life imprisonment. The capital punishment cases have long and complex process. Therefore, they are much more expensive than life imprisonment. Every step is time-consuming and expensive. “The California Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice (CCFAJ) roughly estimated the capital punishment costs in California. The Commission estimated that California currently spends $137.7 million on death-penalty-related costs each year” (Petersen & Lynch, 2012, para. 19). In Texas, a death penalty case costs an average of $2.3 million, which is about three times the cost of imprisonment for life (Death penalty facts, 2013, para. 1). The death penalty is a waste of taxpayer’s money. This is money that could be used for the better of the society. Abolishing the capital punishment will bring benefits to the society.
Next, nobody has the right to kill a person. Does not giving death penalty to murderers make us the same? Our society believes that murderers should be killed. However, how does killing demonstrate killing is wrong? Revenge does not solve anything. Mahatma Gandhi once said, “An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.” This is a perfect example. If people treated other people the same way, it will not bring good to the society and its people. Another reason that the capital punishment should be abolished is because it violates the right to life. The death penalty is morally wrong, therefore it should be abolished.
The US criminal justice system has wrongfully convicted innocent people. Many individuals have been innocent victims of the death penalty. The wrongful execution is an injustice. The University of Michigan law school and Northwestern University did a study and compiled a new National Registry of Exonerations – a database of over 2,000 prisoners exonerated between 1989 and...

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