Thursday, December 19, 2013

Declining executions could become obsolete in US by 2025, advocate says | Al Jazeera America

 I don't care what anyone says, the death penalty is a perfectly legitimate punishment for a heinous crime resulting in the death of the victim.  My disagreement with the death penalty is that I am 100% sure there is at least one innocent person on death row and that if states want to continue using the death penalty, first they must, for new cases which fit the criteria for the death penalty must have DNA evidence that connects the defendant with the crime. In the case, say, the crime is committed with a fire arm and DNA evidence is not available the crime must be caught on video or by a eye witness who is trusted, if there is any doubt of the facts then the death penalty should not be considered.

Second any inmate who is currently on death row in any state or federal facility should have their executions postponed while they are reviewed and if these cases where not based on a 100% DNA match or as stated before a video or eye witness who is trusted then their punishment should be changed to life in prison with NO possibility of parole.

So Yes I believe in the death penalty as do many other Californians since we recently voted to keep the death penalty a couple of years ago, however what I do not believe in is the execution of a man or women who is innocent.

I also understand that there are many, many people in jail and prison right now who are innocent, and that is why if the evidence don't match as I wrote above if there is even the slightest chance that a person was falsely convicted at least when their penalty is reduced too life in prison there is always a possibility new evidence may come to light and someone will be vindicated


Declining executions could become obsolete in US by 2025, advocate says | Al Jazeera America