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By Michael WilkinsonLimit Death Row AppealsThe Constitution of the United States outlines the rights of a person accusedof a crime The individual has a right to a trial and to be judged by a juryof his peers When the result of a trial is a guilty verdict and the individualis sentenced to death the individual has a right to appeal the verdict andthe sentence At the present time there are virtually no limits on the numberof appeals the individual is entitled to and the process could take yearsTherefore the process should be altered to limit the number of appeals tooneThe Supreme Court of the United States re-instituted the death penalty in1976 Between that year and 1995 314 inmates have been executed in the 37states districts and providences of the United States that allow the deathpenalty There are more than 3100 inmates on death row The majority ofexecutions are of white males Most executions are by lethal injection orelectrocution In the years since the Supreme Court re-instituted the deathpenalty through 1994 there have been approximately 467000 homicides inthe United States Based on that number 28 people will die every hour atthe hands of another personDeath row inmates are often on death row for years some upwards of twentyyears This puts great financial strain on taxpayers money While in prisoninmates have many privileges including cable television the chance to pursuea college degree and free health care all at taxpayers expense Thereare many law-abiding citizens who dont get these benefits It is appallingto think these people have a virtual life of leisure while in prison Thereare some death penalty opponents who believe that convicts dont get enoughprivileges and lobby for better living conditions and the rights of the convictedfelons Lost in this passionate pursuit of human rights are the rights ofthe dead victim and those of that victims familyThe appeal process is lengthy and time-consuming The appeal process is almostautomatic forMichael Wilkinson 2individuals sentenced to death Many appeals
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