The Death Penalty in America

by Alex
The death penalty is the deprivation of a person's life as a punishment for a crime. Currently, the laws of different states provide five different kinds of capital punishment: electric chair, gas chamber, hanging, firing squad and lethal injection. However, since the end of the 20th century, the lethal injection has been used in most executions. Although a lot of people support the death penalty, arguing that the person who kills another person doesn't deserve to live, I have formed an opinion against capital punishment. The strongest reason that motivates me to be against the death penalty is that a large percentage of innocent people have been executed.

According to statistics, since 1970, more than 1200 people have been executed in different states in the United States, and at least 10% of them were innocent people. When I first heard this number I was shocked. Can you imagine that more than 120 people were executed just because of some mistake during the police investigation? I put myself for a moment in the place of an innocent person who faced capital punishment. I can imagine myself trying to prove that I did not commit a crime, that it is a huge mistake. But no one believes me because the evidence and witnesses are "playing" against me. So, I think, the death penalty is a savage punishment that cannot take place in any modern society.

Some really great examples of innocent people who faced the death penalty are depicted in the famous American movies: "The Green Mile" and "The Life of David Gale". Although these films are emotionally completely different, both of them show the disadvantages of the American policy of death penalty.

That the death penalty still exists in America is absolutely unacceptable for me. Many innocent people were executed in American history, and I think that it is time to stop this. I highly recommend these great American films that prove that mistakes in police investigations are possible and innocent people can die because of them.