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No To The Death Penalty
This is an essay saying why the death penalty should be illegalized in the United States.
[314 words]
Alejandro Dubois Arrese
I am a 14 year old kid from colombia who likes to shoot and talk to people on the phone or online.
[April 2000]
[email protected]
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No To The Death Penalty
Alejandro Dubois Arrese

Hundreds of kids that are just 16 and 17 years old are being convicted for
crimes they committed when they were minors. I think this is not
fair because they were not responsible or mature enough when they were that age.
Yet, in the states of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky
Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas,
and Virginia has in total 63 juveniles on death row.
Executing teenagers at these ages is not right. The states have tried them as
adults although they are not old enough to smoke, drink, drive a car, sign
contracts, get a job, or go to college. They haven’t even finished puberty!
These convicts are still kids that don’t have the responsibility or the maturity
to make the right decisions.
Another reason i think it shouldn’t be legal, is that killing all these
teenagers is the denial of the right to life that is recognized universally. It
is violating the 8th amendment. It is the final, cruel, inhumane and degrading
punishment that is just as horrible as torture.
The death penalty is inadequate to stop violence; it actually legitimizes the
most complete violence, which cuts off human life by the state and society.
it destroys our world by putting vengeance and reprisal first. It also eliminates
clemency, forgiveness, and rehabilitation by the justice system.
Today, more than half of the world does not use the death penalty. Some have
eliminated it completely, and others do not apply it.
The United Nations cannot find any evidence that demonstrates that its use is
an effective way to fight the most hideous crimes. In the countries that the
death penalty has been introduced again, capital crimes have not reduced. There
are many other effective punishments to protect society from those who commit
Horrible crimes.
In most democratic countries, the cost of the death penalty is higher than
For this reason, Alejandro Arrese and 1.798.167 million people



"Your arguments are valid, but I live in South Africa, where crimes such as rape, vehicle hijacking and murder have increased by over 300 percent since the abolition of the death penalty" -- Alistair, Cape Town, South Africa.
"There is no logical reason to keep a convicted murderer alive. It is a waste of time and extremely expensive to allow someone to continue to live and most likely, unfavorably influence the lives of many others, causing even more damage to society. How ironic, that most of the people who are against capital punishment, are also in favor of legalized abortion, or "pro choice" as they prefer to call themselves. Leaving someone to fester on death row is less compassionate than ending their lives quickly. You can blame the bleeding hearts, the appeals system, and the fame seeking ACLU type attorneys, for inmates spending years on death row. That, to me, is more inhumane than executing them." -- Dick Koss.
"Why should my tax dollars go to keep people like Tim Mcveigh alive? What about Bin Laden? Should we pay for him to live and eat healthy? People like you need to experience a great personal loss by some jerk, then you'll change your tune. Agree or not!" -- Sky, NYC.
"i agree, the death penatly is inhumane, we should try to reform people who commit crimes. unfortunately, this world is short of compassion and time and people with messed up parents, no jobs and messed up lives are all over the place. just like with mad animals, the best alternative at that point is to put them to sleep. they have suffered enough. but ideally, we would rehab all such accursed people." -- sunny, DC, usa.
"Do you also sad sometime we can get wrong person." -- Jeanette H.
"I am a European writer and I don't understand the death penalty at all. We don't have this punishment in Europe! Do you know it is SIX times more expensive to execute a person than it is to keep him alive for the rest of his life? Those facts are wellknown in Europe but it seems to me that you have never heard of it. It has been investigated over and over again. These are the American facts. Do you know that the U.S.A. is the ONLY Western country still believing in this Middle Age kind of punishment? " -- Sun, Amsterdam, Holland.
"Why do you fucking liberals continuously lie when you try to make a point? You have absolutely no evidence, nodda, nothing, that can show it is more costly to taxpayers to execute a person then keep him alive in prison for life. How the fuck did you come up with this stat? The appeals process, judicial motions, stays of execution, and public defenders, etc., yes these inflate the cost of executing a murderer. That's because we keep the bastards alive for over ten years after they've been sentenced. If we gave these people swift justice, as they entitled, these costs would not be incurred. There is no juctice without appropriate punishment. Living 40 years in prison with three square meals a day, a Tv, exercise equipment and a library is not punishment. That's a better life than being homeless. " -- Richard .


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