The execution of an innocent person is tragic However, we should not abolish the death penalty because of wrongful convictions, because this is an extreme and unnecessary measure. The death penalty is a crucial part of our criminal justice system. It promotes justice, brings victims closure, and keeps our society safe. Although undeserved executions are heinous, they do not erase the death penalty's benefits.
Rather than entirely abolishing the death penalty, we should reform the criminal justice system. The execution of innocent people implies that the system is broken, not the punishment. By providing defendants with zealous representation and fair trials, we can make wrongful convictions rare. If we redeem our criminal justice system, we can retain the death penalty with confidence that justice will be done.