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Abolish the Death Penalty The death penalty is an ineffective and brutally simplistic response to the serious and complex problem of violent crime The victim total of this has been 590 of which we know of 400 cases that the person has been wrongfully accused Scientific studies have consistently failed to demonstrate that executions deter people from committing crimes The respected Thorsten Sellin studies of the United States in 1962 1967 and 1980 concluded that the death penalty was not a deterrent newer studies have shown it may actually increase capital offenses Innocent lives have been lost due to human mistake and death penalty is simply worth too much which might even bring a county to bankruptcy Studies show that in this century at least 400 innocent people have been convicted of capital crimes they did not commit Of those 400 23 were executed The wrongful execution of an innocent person is an injustice that can never be rectified In 1982 while being held for an assault charge of which he was aquitted Nick Yarris was forced to endure withdrawals from methamphetamine and physical abuse while awaiting trial He read of the murder of Linda Craig in the Philly Inquirer and tried to make a deal to get out of jail by saying he might have information on the crime He was convicted of the murder of Linda Craig and sentenced to death His guilt was physically impossible There is an unbiased witness who spoke to him and a hard piece of evidence establishing his location and a time line A deal with a snitch was made to set Yarris up in exchange for getting off of a 20 year prison term How and why are innocent people convicted of crimes and sentenced to death Despite the alleged protection of the legal system a multitude of factors often interacts together resulting in the conviction of an innocent person Police and prosecutorial misconduct inadequate legal representation
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