02 November, 2018
Capital punishment is a widely accepted belief that legally authorizes killing of someone as punishment for a crime. “At year-end 2016, a total of 32 states and the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) held 2,814 prisoners under sentence of death”( Capital Punishment in the United States). Although only 36 of those prisoners were actually executed the long process and the feelings associated with facing the reality that you would be sentenced to death shouldn’t be a feeling anybody should experience. Morally capital punishment shouldn’t even be a option to be considered when discussing a punishment for a crime. Another human being should not have the authority or be allowed to decide when another human has made a mistake so severe unintentionally or intentionally resulting in a death sentence. Errors in judgment cannot be afforded when discussing the potential death of another human being and no decision made by a judge to put a inmate to death will gain 100% approval from everyone involved. Also capital punishment has been shown statistically to be geared towards certain races such as African Americans which brings in the intentional bias of judges to be more lenient toward certain people. “ African Americans are 12 percent of the U.S. population, but 42 percent of prisoners on death row” (2018). With this being said, while the death penalty reduces crime, the death penalty cannot be reversed if inmates are wrongly convicted because the death penalty is racially bias and the death penalty is very evidently unconstitutional.
I will fund the end of capital punishment through rallies and protest that will bring awareness to the injustices surrounding the death penalty. I will implement the end of capital punishment by the proposal of a bill that in turn may become a law. It must be approved by the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, and the President before the bill officially becomes a law but after that it officially the end of the death penalty. Some opposition to the end of the death penalty is that arguably it will be more expensive for the government to fund these convicts in the prisons they are being held that have little to no chance of being re-assimilated into society than to just make these criminals pay for their crimes and be put to death. Although this may be true, without the proper judgment for someone to decide that a person is not able to change and not give them a chance at life has a lot of fault in it and has room for bad judgment. Intentional bias by the judge by any factor may also deter judgment and falsely determine if a criminal should be put to death. The abolishment of the death penalty will be a step forward into a future without the need for these types of punishments.
Capital punishment for as long as it has been around can be undoubtedly be classified as a racist act geared towards one race rather than the other. “Of the over 18,000 executions that...