Capital Punishment is an Inevitable and Unavoidable Consequence of Every Civilized Society

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Capital Punishment is an Inevitable and Unavoidable Consequence of Every Civilized Society Putting to death people who have been judge to have committed certain extremely heinous crimes is a practice of ancient standing. But in the United States, in the latter half of the twentieth century, it has become a very controversial issue. Changing views on this difficult issue led the Supreme Court to abolish capital punishment in 1972 but later turned to uphold it again in 1977, with certain conditions. Indeed, restoring capital punishment is the will of the people, yet many voices have been raised against it. Heated public debate have centered on questions of deterrence, public safety, sentencing equality, and the execution of innocents, among others. One argument states that the death penalty does not deter murder. Dismissing capital punishment on that basis would require us to eliminate all prisons as well because they do not seem to be any more effective in the deterrence of crime. Others say that states which have the death penalty have higher crime rates than those that do not. And that a more sever punishment only inspires more sever crimes. But every state in the union is different. These differences include population, the number of cities, and the crime rate. Urbanized states are more likely to have higher crime rates than states that are more rural. The state that have capital punishment have it because of their high crime rate, not the other way around. In 1985, a study was published by economist Stephen K. Layson, at the University of North Carolina, that showed that every execution of a murderer deters, on average of 18 murders. The study also showed that raising the number of ... ... middle of paper ... ...ero. No executed murderer has ever killed again. You can't say that about those sentenced to prison, even if you are an abolitionist. Bibliography: Bronwyn Calton, ed. "The Big Book of Death" New York: Paradox Press, 1996 Joel Rose, ed. "The Big Book of Thugs" New York: Paradox Press, 1996 JoAnn Brenn Gurensey, "Should We Have Capital Punishment?" Minnesota: Lerner Publications Company,1993 Carol Wekesser, ed. "The Death Penalty (Opposing Viewpoints,)" California: Greenhaven Press, Inc.,1991 Don Nardo, "Death Penalty" California: Lucent Books, 1992 Thurgood Marshall, "Social Ethics: Morality and Social Policy" United States: The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.,1997 "Capital Punishment", http://ethics.acusd.edu/mill.html U.S. Department of Justice Press Release, Sunday December 13, 1998 http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/pub/press/cp.97.pr

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