4. Juvenile Executions: International human rights law has prohibited the use of the death penalty for people that committed a crime below the age of 18. Some countries still incarcerate, sentence, and proceed to execute juvenile defendants, which calls into question death penalty opponents the respect that sovereign states have for international law.
5. Clemency And Pardons For Incarcerated Death Row Inmates: Clemency and pardons are
extremely important aspects of the death penalty system in the USA. With
clemency, a president, governor, or administrative board may reduce a
defendant’s sentence or grant a pardon to a defendant. For death row inmates,
clemency may mean that their death sentence is transformed to a life
imprisonment sentence instead. Some of the reasons that a defendant's legal
team may provide for the granting of clemency include in a capital case usually
include but are not limited to an argument of mental illness, a co-defendant
that received a lesser sentence, and evidence suggesting wrongful
conviction. Since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976, the rate at which
clemency is granted to death row prisoners has dropped to less than 4% from a
whopping 20-25 percent rate of clemency in the earlier 20th century. For pardons, the President of the United
States could first grant a federal prisoner on death row a commutation that
would release them from custody. Then, a pardon could be granted. Commutations
are for those who are still serving their sentence. Pardons are generally for
those who have completed their sentence.
The USA’s Rank In Yearly
may surprise people that a country like the USA which is an image that most
other countries look up to politically, socially, and culturally will rank
fifth in the number of executions of death penalty prisoners yearly. The USA
has held a rank in the top five for the highest number of executions every year
taking a spot just behind China, Iran, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia. The United
States of America is also the only developed Western country that still employs
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7. Death Penalty Does Not Reduce Crime: Most states in the USA that use the death penalty sentencing have recorded higher crime rates than states that don’t. In Canada, the murder rate reduced after the abolition of the death penalty for all crimes in 1998. The debate against death penalty sentencing suggests that the idea that the threat of death affects the actions of intending criminals is ridiculous because at the point the crime is committed, they are probably not thinking about the consequences of their actions, or they don’t care about their safety.
8. The Decline Of The Death Penalty: Gradually, the use of the death penalty is declining from country to country. In 2012, only a handful of countries (21 countries) carried out executions for prisoners facing the death sentence. The number of countries that have abolished the practice of death sentencing increased from 48 to 106 between 1991 and 2017.
9. Statistics of the Yearly Number of Death Penalty Executions: In 2019, six hundred and fifty-seven executions were recorded by Amnesty International. This is the lowest number recorded in the last decade with China having the highest number of executions.
10. The USA Resumes Execution: Under the Trump administration, the USA resumed federal executions after a 17-year hiatus. Donald Trump is the first president of the United States in 120 years that have the number of federal executions in double digits. The highest that any federal administration has ever seen.
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Most American citizens favor the death penalty on the moral ground that a person that takes a life doesn’t deserve to live. However, several organizations are strongly against the use of such a cruel punishment stating that the state is carrying out a vengeance rather than a punishment. The death penalty debate covers the morality argument, utilitarian argument, and practical arguments, dishing out hard facts about the death penalty, cost, and consequences that everyone, including the government, should consider.
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