The death penalty is controversial. It shouldn't be debated any longer because we just shouldn't have it.
People usually scram about how whoever got killed deserved it. People also shout about our government being impeccable and never doing wrong. All those people would be wrong. It has been proven many times our government has been wrong. A recent study showed that "one in seven people sent to death row are later proven innocent." These government killings in the U.S. have been going on since the colonies. If we've been able to create a whole new country, it's time we also stopped allowing the government to kill people outside of a battlefield.
Our country is considered a world leader bent on change. In 2008 the U.S. was ranked fourth in the world in confirmed executions. Our country was able to beat Pakistan and Iraq for that position as well. Austria, Canada, France and the United Kingdom have already decided they don't feel like being on the same list as Vietnam, Iran and South Korea. I think it's about time our country grows up and takes itself off the list as well.
Some people think our country shouldn't have to pay for all these criminals to live. The truth is that it costs a lot less to give someone life that the death penalty: $3 million to $1.9 million less. The whole an eye-for-an-eye motto has obviously left quite a few people blind around here.
Taking someone's life just isn't right economically, politically or morally. Our country has grown to have a big name. Please help make sure it lives up to it and gets rid of the death penalty.