Abolish the Death Penalty in Pennsylvania

Target: Tom Corbett, Governor of Pennsylvania

Goal: Abolish the death penalty in Pennsylvania.

In Pennsylvania, the death penalty can only be applied when a person is found guilty of first- degree murder, yet this still happens far too often. It is extremely contradictory to punish someone for murder by committing murder. This is not going to teach potential criminals that murder is wrong because if law enforcement can commit murder, individuals may feel that they have the right to do so as well. The death penalty makes murder seem like an appropriate form of punishment, while it is simply an inhumane practice.

Furthermore, there are many other appropriate punishments, even for crimes as serious as first-degree murder. For example, life in prison is not only an extreme punishment, but it gives criminals time to think about the crime they committed. A life of struggling in prison is much more of a punishment than a quick death. While sentencing someone to a life in prison will not bring a murder victim back to life, neither will killing the murderer himself.

In order to enable more appropriate punishment as well as lower the number of lives taken in Pennsylvania, the death penalty must be abolished.


Dear Governor Corbett,

As Governor of Pennsylvania, it is imperative that you work to abolish the death penalty in your state. Not only is this an outdated and inhumane form of punishment, but it sends the message that murder is okay if carried out by law enforcement. If potential criminals believe that murder is an appropriate punishment because it is carried out by the government, they are more likely to commit murders of innocent people as their own form of “punishment”. The law of Pennsylvania must set a good example for citizens in order to reduce these types of crimes.

Also, there are many alternative punishments to the death penalty. A life in prison will not only give criminals time to think about their crime, but it will also provide the opportunity to regret their decision and truly apologize for the crime. Also, due to occupation programs in many prisons, these criminals will still be able to contribute to society through the jobs given to them.

Thus, the death penalty in Pennsylvania must be abolished. It is a cruel and outdated form of punishment that only promotes the idea of murder. In order to lower the death toll in Pennsylvania and prevent many murders from happening, the death penalty must be removed.


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