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I once saw a bumper sticker that read Why do we kill people who killpeople to show that killing is wrong Suddenly I thought about what I hadread I am against the death penalty as a solution to crime Capitalpunishment is a sign of a deep sickness in our civilization Execution is anact of violence but you cannot use violence to end violence The deathpenalty is not an effective way to punish a criminal It is used by thepowerful to pretend that violent crime is under control and being disposed of but in reality the death penalty disposes of the poor the uneducated and theminorities in the world Even states that use the death penalty seem to havea higher number of homicides than states that do not use it Capitalpunishment has never been shown to eliminate crime more effectively thanother punishments If the death penalty isnt lowering the murder rate thenwhy waste the taxpayers money It cost more to put a prisoner to death withany method than it does to keep them incarcerated Our justice systemshouldnt just execute the criminal they should also make his life miserable Prisons should supply the bare necessities and nothing else One solution isto eliminate televisions libraries gyms and basketball courts Even thoughour prisons need to toughen up I do give them credit for taking away acriminals freedom Many family members want to see the offenders dead The families emotions are understandable but death is not a solution Thevictims family has to suffer for a lifetime so why shouldnt the murdererAnother problem is the chance or executing an innocent person Theexecuted prisoner cannot be given another chance In the last hundred yearsthere have been more that seventy-five documented cases of wrongfulconvictions in criminal homicide cases One example is Walter McMillianwho was released from Alabamas death row after having spent six yearsthere because of perjured testimony and withheld evidence that indicated hisinnocence He was convicted of the shooting death of
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