This article explains why the death penalty is an unjust form of law and should be abolished as a form of punishment. The first reason is that capital punishment seems to affect more people of color and is a racist form of law. People are not being rightfully tried and aren’t given a fair chance to defend themselves. The second reason is that the death penalty does not deter violent crimes, making it so that public safety is not better and that taxpayer funds are being wasted with this practice. Lastly, the death penalty is killing innocent people. In 4 or more cases a year, the death penalty is incorrect or stopped right before the scheduled execution because the person is found not guilty.

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