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Should capital punishment be abolished because of the risk that an innocent defendant might be killed That is the question posed by Jeff Jacoby of the Daily Globe Jacoby explains that there is no reason to do away with the death penalty Not one of the 620 convicted murderers executed in the 24 years since the Supreme Court authorized the resumption of capital punishment has subsequently been proven innocent The growing infallibility of forensic science should if anything increase not lessen our confidence in the accuracy of criminal verdicts He argues that hypothetically if the penalty did lead to the deaths of a few innocent people it would not be a good enough reason to do away with the system Every institution that is of benefit to society also poses risks to society The death penalty is the least likely legal system at risk of putting innocents to death Us Department of Justice calculated that criminals released under supervision committed 13200 murders He believes that while we will bend over backwards not to hurt the innocent we will not let that paralyze us from punishing the guilty Jacoby provides accurate data and logical conclusions His argument is remiss of holes or shortcomings I agree that no one who genuinely worries about the legal system putting innocent people at risk can afford to waste time denouncing the death penalty Patients die on the operating table because their surgeon made a mistake Forty thousand Americans die in car accidents every year but that does that mean we should abolish surgery or interstate highways
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