Some countries still use the death penalty in their criminal justice system. Thankfully, most progressive nations have abolished it in favor of more humane and morally acceptable alternatives. Life without parole is one such alternative. Not only is it a more appealing option to the death sentence, but it is also useful in deterring crime (Rosenthal). Since better alternatives to punishing capital offenses exist, and since the death penalty is expensive and puts many innocent lives at risk, more countries should abolish it.
The death sentence places many lives at risk hence the need to stop using it. In the United States, courts have released at least 138 people from the death row since the reinstatement of the death penalty in 1976 (Smith and Angela 75). Some of the exonerated individuals were within minutes of execution. Since courts do not entertain claims of innocence for dead individuals, the families of the wrongfully executed persons are unlikely to get justice(Gross et al. 7234). Thus, a death sentence is an antiquated form of punishment. Nations associate it with high maintenance and running costs as well as the high risk of irreversibly executing an innocent person.
Since better alternatives exist, all countries should abolish the death penalty. After all, it is an unsustainable and unethical type of sentencing. Not only that, the death sentence does little or nothing to deter crime.