Amaiya S. Alabama

Unjust Capital Punishment.

In many cases, capital punishment is unjust because many people are falsely accused and some not treated equally due to the circumstances of how they live. The justice system of the United States is in desperate need of change.

The President of The United States of America

The White House

Washington D.C.

Dear Mr./Mrs. President,

The death penalty has been around for centuries, from crucifixion, to hangings, and also people being burned at the stake. Exactly what does killing someone solve? What exactly is the point of this? What if an innocent life is taken? The justice system desperately needs to be reformed. Your help is greatly needed.

According to, execution is only a form of revenge (retribution). Killing someone who has killed someone is only continuing the cycle of murder. This is the United States’ way of saying that murder isn’t a problem. The government and the court system feel that they can do what they want because they have some form of power. It doesn’t make sense to do something that you don’t think is okay. The court system is somewhat hypocritical.

The court system and government often go against what the constitution says. The constitution says that all men are created equal. The court system doesn’t always seem to play by these rules. agrees that the majority of people who are on death row are of lower income or considered to be poor and also minorities. The people who are facing capital punishment that are rich can normally “pay their way out” of the death penalty. It is true that people who have more money than others get what they want so it is more than likely that they will not get the death penalty. That is not equal treatment of people. It shouldn’t matter how much money you have, if someone’s life is taken there should be punishment regardless. says some murders are committed by people who have mental illnesses and extreme anger problems. Certain situations may set things off and they have no control over what happens next. If that’s the case, they should just be sentenced to life in prison. The government should also allow them to seek help with their issues so they can learn to manage them better and when another situation happens, they won’t try to kill anyone.

It would be great if the death penalty could be fair for everyone. Some of the circumstances are not fair at all. There are a lot of changes that need to be made with the United States Court System and United States Government. When handling capital punishment cases, there need to be lawyers who actually know what they are doing. A lot of the time, the lawyers that handle these cases don’t have much experience with capital punishment cases. A study at Columbia University shows that 68% of all capital punishment cases are appealed. If the lawyers knew what they were doing and felt they had enough evidence to sentence the suspect to death, why would you need an appeal?

There are 30 states in the United States with the death penalty. Research shows that states with the death penalty do not necessarily have lower crime rates than states without it. Many would think that the death penalty would stop crime because no one wants to be executed. But there is no improvement in society and its not getting through to people. If the death penalty isn’t going to make the United States of America a better place, then we should probably do away with it.

The United States is supposed to be “One nation under God”, but yet we have the death penalty. In the Ten Commandment, it says “ Thou shall not kill”, but the United States believes in doing the exact opposite. The United States clearly does not stick to their word. Instead of taking someone’s life for a crime they committed, give them life in prison. The person who committed the crime should have to wake up everyday and be reminded of what they did. That’s the best kind of punishment because it would be heavy on their conscious and they would have to live with guilt. By simply giving them the death penalty is like putting them out of their misery and not allowing them to suffer for what they did. It’s time for a change, but it is yet to come.

I do not agree with the death penalty and I understand that the United States will never do away with it. If that’s the case, I just ask that you give everyone a fair trial as it says in the “Bill of Rights”.


Amaiya S.

Oxford High School

5th Period

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