For this month, I'm going to give a brief rundown of my views on issues for those of you who might be new to my blog. Today will be on the death penalty.
In recent years, we've come across probably the greatest flaw that this issue can have: Sometimes the wrong person is executed. News reports have been coming out the past few years of genetic testing being done that exonerated death row inmates. The numbers are such that for a death penalty advocate, it's very uncomfortable to realize that we might have executed people that could have been cleared of the crime that they were accused of had genetic testing been done first. Given the numbers of executions that have been done in this country, I think it's highly likely that there are a lot more innocent people executed than we believe.
My friends, the justice system is supposed to free the innocent and punish the guilty. We do not punish the innocent - and we especially don't execute them. While there is no justice system that is perfect, the finality of an execution of an innocent person is worse than a miscarriage of justice, it's state-sanctioned murder. Since we've demonstrated the likelihood that we may have executed innocent people, that alone should be enough reason to at least cease the practice of execution. The people must have faith in our justice system, and executing the innocent does nothing to help inspire that faith.
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