What Are Some of the Arguments Against the Death Penalty?

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The death penalty violates the constitution, is a waste of taxpayer’s money and is usually applied in an unfair and unjust manner depending on who a person is and where they come from, according to the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU reports that more than 140 innocent people have died under the death penalty in the United States since 1973.

Once a person has been sentenced to the death penalty, that individual can never benefit from new evidence, and, as such, is denied the due process of law. It has also been proven that the death penalty is ineffective at controlling crime, and capital punishment uses limited resources by wasting the time and energy of the court system.