Capital Punishment Argumentative Essay

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The debate over capital punishment in America is a controversial issue. Whether it is an ethical, legal or moral issue, it remains one of the most highly debated subjects of our time. According to David Muhlhausen’s article, “The Death Penalty Deters Crime and Saves Lives”, more than sixty seven percent of Americans still agrees with capital punishment. However, that still leaves a third of American’s who are against it. He believes that it is greatly needed to help deter crime and prevent unneeded loss of innocent lives. In the article titled, “Death penalty is dead wrong: it 's time to outlaw capital punishment in America completely” by Mario M. Cuomo, he states that he has always believed that the death penalty was wrong and believes it has mistakenly killed innocent people. Jack Greenberg wrote an article titled, “Against the American System of Capital Punishment,” and he too disagrees with capital punishment because of the fact that there are too many failures and
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Three different studies listed in the article have shown a link between criminal executions and a reduction in murder rates thereafter. One specific study found that after each execution there were about eighteen less murders committed. Another study found that every time an execution was performed it resulted in fourteen less murders. The last study found that with each execution about five less murders were committed. These studies were performed at different times, in different locations, by different people. The studies all had different numbers but in the end all reached the very same conclusion. They all proved that capital punishment does in fact discourage crimes. It 's hard to imagine that people would be against or protest capital punishment when there are studies like those mentioned above that prove the effectiveness of capital punishment in reducing future
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