The Death Penalty Should Be Legal

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Some of the latest data shows that slightly over 60 percent of people in the U.S. favor the death penalty (Schmalleger & Smykla, 2015). Whether you favor the death penalty or not, there are pros and cons that influence our thoughts on this form of punishment. Also, there is no consistency across the country where some states no longer allow the death penalty and the states that do have various ways to legally implement the punishment (Schmalleger & Smykla, 2015). Some of the pros would include the following: 1. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled the death penalty is constitutional (Schmalleger & Smykla, 2015). 2. The fear of receiving the death penalty would be enough to deter committing a crime punishable by this method (Schmalleger & Smykla, 2015). 3. Murders are punished fairly by receiving the death penalty (Schmalleger & Smykla, 2015). 4. Protects society form the worst offenders ensuring they cannot continue to commit violent crimes (Schmalleger & Smykla, 2015). 5. Many argue that execution is more humane than keeping the offender in prison for the rest of their life...

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