There is a lot of statistical evidence as to why abolishing the death penalty can be good for society. The first big reason is the cost of pre trial, trial, sentencing and the execution. A study done by Seattle University found that “across the country, seeking the death penalty imposes an average of approximately $700,000 more in case-level costs than not seeking death.” The other big argument is that the death penalty doesn’t deter crime. The New York Times did a study that found “ten of the twelve states without the death penalty have homicide rates below the national average, whereas half of the states with the death penalty have homicide rates above.”
The death penalty is permanent and the legal system is imperfect. This is a problem because innocent people have been wrongly put to death. According to the ACLU “Since 1973, over 156 people have been released from death rows in 26 states because of innocence.” This means that there have been innocent people put to death that were not able to be exonerated. Another big argument against capital punishment is that it violates the 8th amendment because it can be considered cruel and unusual. Such as in the case with Kenneth Williams where “he did not lose consciousness after the first drug and struggled to breath before he started convulsing.” This is not the first case of this happening and is not guaranteed to be the last.
With all of this evidence it is clear that the death penalty should not be legal and it should be abolished worldwide. My biggest argument for this is because there have been innocent people that have been convicted and put to death. The only time you can and should kill someone without thinking is if they are an active shooter and it is in the context of actively saving lives. I also believe that if someone is capable enough to kill another human being than they are not scared of death at that point. Just like people who want to die by cop suicide they would rather be killed then spend life in prison and the facts in these articles show capital punishment is not a deterrent.