Capital Injustice


The process of capital punishment is inhumane and immoral as the United States of America practices it in present day. The slightest chance that an innocent person could be executed should be enough for anyone to stop executing prisoners. Also racial inequality is widely seen in American courts in this day and age. The fact that the sex of the person committing the crime also plays an unnecessary role in our justice system. And with most of the United States citizens being Christian maybe the view of religious leaders should be valued more by the establishment.

Capital punishment is the roughest sentence any felon can be given. Capital punishment is in its essence the practice of taking the criminals life for punishment of a crime that the felon has been convicted of. The crimes that a connived felon can be executed for range from state to state. Murder is the most often associated crime with the convict being executed but in some states now a convict can be executed for crimes ranging from drug violations and sex crimes. The United States of America is trying very hard to lead by example for the rest of the world to follow. The fact that as a country we are on the losing end in the debate over capital punishment severely tarnishes our credibility One hundred and four countries have stopped using the practice of capital punishment. The United States is still in the list of ninety-one countries that refuse to stop executions. (http://www.derechos.org/dp/) As a nation the United States screams about human rights violations in other countries. The other countries will not take the United States seriously as long as it is still committing capital punishment.

The chance that an innocent person could be put to death should be enough to make anyone realize that the justice system must be one hundred percent sure when they sentence someone to death. The saying reasonable doubt doesn't seem to coincide with the death sentence. Before someone should be sentenced to die the jury needs to be positive that that person is guilty of the alleged crime. It can be said that one in every seven people sentenced to die is not quietly or at least not quietly of a crime punishable by death. (One in Seven) The fact that one out of every seven did not commit the crime they were accused of says a lot about the justice system in the United States. There are many reasons for the wrong convictions and some of them more understandable than others are. Some are due to plain arrogance and inhumanity on the part of police officers, district attorneys, and other elected officials when they are under pressure to solve a case and put away a killer. The Prosecutors and police were severely in the wrong in the case of Rolando Cruz. Rolando Cruz was put on trial for the rape and murder of a ten-year-old. After a lengthy trail, which had police testifying against Mr. Cruz, he was convicted and sentenced to death. This all happened despite the fact that a repeat sex offender, murder, petafile had confessed to raping and killing the child. Despite all of this Rolando Cruz spent six years of his life on death row. Until one day when one of the police officers that testified against him in the trial admitted to perjury about a key piece of evidence that proved Mr. Cruz innocent. (One in seven)

The appalling thing about the incident with Rolando Cruz is that there are many more occurrences of cases like this. The fact that Police officers and prosecutors want someone convicted for heinous crimes like murder and rape is a good thing, but the fact that they will take anyone just to appease the public with a conviction is seriously wrong. Public officials like police officers are sworn to protect and serve the people. To knowingly convict someone that is innocent is not just a crime but it is totally against what they stand for but they still do it. Another good example is in the case of Kirk Bloodsworth. Mr. Bloodsworth was charged in 1984 with the rape and murder of a nine-year-old Maryland girl. All evidence seemed to point at Mr. Bloodsworth during the trial,