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ABOLISH THE DEATH PENALTY I believe the death penalty should be abolished I believe it should be abolished because it does not help curb crime Another reason is It is not morally fair or just We cant be absolute in making sure people are guilty of the crime It is more expensive than Imprisonment The judgments are not completely impartial I believe it is cruel and unusual punishment which is against the law The death penalty does not help prevent crime The murder rates in states with the death penalty are no lower than states without The USA is the only Western democracy with the death penalty and we have the highest murder rate Canadas murder rate fell the same year they abolished the death penalty I do not think that penalties affect the crimes that people commit that much I believe penalties help curb the peoples with criminal tendencies We cannot make sure that everyone on death row is guilty Since 1970 over 70 people have been released from death row because of evidence of there innocence Between 1900 and 1985 350 people were wrongfully executed A black person who killed a white person is 40 times more likely than a white person who killed a black person to be sentenced to the death penalty The US is one of only five nations who have executed children or anyone who was under18 at the time of the crime The other countries are Iran Pakistan Saudi Arabia and Yemen This violates The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child A small number of countries continue to execute children During 1994 2331 prisoners were executed in 37 countries 4032 prisoners were sentenced to death in 75 countries These were the only ones known to Amnesty International the true figures are probably higher China Iran and Nigeria make up 87 of the worlds executions in 1994
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