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Old Sparky and Gruesome Gertie affectionate names for the electric chair have taken the lives of many even the innocent Finnerty 18 They are prejudiced and lack compassion However many Americans believe that they represent justice Capital punishment does not represent justice but vengeance and hate Among the 7000 people estimated to have been killed in the United States between 1900 and 1985 at least 23 were innocent Finnerty 18 In at least 8 of 261 executions performed since 1976 something went wrong for example the executioner couldnt find a good vein or the first jolt of electricity failed to do the trick Finnerty 18 An innocent person let alone 23 that were wrongfully executed might seem insignificant to one Just for a moment think if that one person was your brother or father and they were innocent Would you then see that the American judicial system is imperfect and that capital punishment should be abolished Capital punishment is wrong and should be abolished because of its imperfections high cost and immoral existence Many people argue that we should keep practicing capital punishment because it would be a waste of money to sentence someone to life in prison Facts show that it is more expensive to give someone the death sentence than life in prison The cost of state execution is up to three times the cost of lifetime imprisonment Dority 37 So many people are convinced that it is cheaper to practice capital punishment but those people are not aware of the facts to be presented If someone is interested in saving tax payers dollars it is much cheaper to sentence someone to life in prison The reason that life imprisonment is cheaper than the death penalty is due to the cost of appeals One might then argue that we should lower the number of appeals or maybe we shouldnt have any at all They might argue that if someone does not prove their
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