Running head: TRENDS IN CAPITAL PUNISHMENT
Trends in Capital Punishment
TRENDS IN CAPITAL PUNISHMENT
The death penalty in the United States has been practiced over the past years even though
most recently, most states have developed different policies that limit death penalty. Despite
considerable efforts to control the death penalty across the United States by the different
organization including human rights, some states still have death sentence where convicts are
killed by use of an array of methods. Understanding the trends in capital punishment within the
United States will, therefore, provide a better picture of the real situation and will also help in
determining the efforts that the federal government and other players have put in place regarding
the importance of human life and thus eliminated the capital death penalty.
The governor of Illinois did have valid reasons regarding his decision to stop approving
death warrants. He cited the significant challenges in the system, which prevented the delivery of
justice since the system was significantly skewed. More than 20 cases of individuals on death row
were overturned, which significantly highlighted the major loopholes in the system. Thus, he relied
on this cases that involved death row convictions, which were overturned in the state. The cases
were based on DNA evidence presented by the prosecution (Hood and Hoyle, 2015).
Therefore the inability to determine the truth before convicting someone was a key
consideration in the decision that the governor took regarding his inability to approve the death
warranties. Such cases were many, and thus he thought that there is significant proof that justice
will not be served to all. The volume of overturned ...