Death Penalty executions have decreased 12 percent since 2000. Specific reasons for the drop, has many states in check as to whether this type of punishment should be lawful. States like Texas, the nation’s leader in death penalty executions, saw a drop by 29% as The New York Times reports that only 17 people faced this punishment in 2010. The major reasons behind the decline are money, DNA testing and perhaps a dose of morality.
The death penalty is a controversial topic and the fact that there is an increase in felon exonerations through DNA testing, proves that perhaps their needs to be a further investigation before making these irreversible decisions. It’s not to say that all convicted crimes deserve a second look, but perhaps to avoid the situation of killing an innocent person, there should be a re-evaluation of this law.
Whether corporal punishment should be instilled in our country is another day, another blog, but for now it is important to look at how DNA is helping to bring a little justice to our justice system. In addition to lack of money for these punishments, states have decided to investigate further or even decided that life with no parole is a more suitable fate.
The death penalty is such a hot topic. What is your opinion on the death penalty? Should convicted murderers receive the same fate that they gave to some innocent victim or should they serve life in a prison having to deal with shame and guilt, knowing that they took away someone’s life?