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Pros And Cons Of The Death Penalty

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Putting people to death, as a result of committing an extremely heinous crime, has been practiced for a long time. The death penalty has started to become a highly debated topic in the United States. It is an issue that has the United States divided. While many citizens support it, there is a large proportion that opposes it. There are currently thirty-three states in which the death penalty is legal and eighteen states that have abolished it. The death penalty should be legal because it is a deterrent, stops overcrowding, and for retribution. Society has always used punishment to discourage future criminals from unlawful action. Since society has a high interest in preventing murder, it should use the strongest punishment available to deter murder, which would be the death penalty. If murderers were sentenced to death and executed, potential murderers would think twice before killing for fear of losing their own life. The state has a responsibility to protect the lives of innocent citizens, and enacting the death penalty may save lives by reducing the rate of violent crime. For many years, criminologists have analyzed murder rates to…show more content…
Unless that balance is restored, society succumbs to a rule of violence. The only way to restore the balance is the taking of the murderer’s life. Retribution has its basis in religious values, which have historically maintained that it is proper to take an "eye for an eye" and a life for a life. Although the victim and the victim’s family cannot be restored to the status preceding the murder, an execution would bring closure to the murderer’s crime and ensures that the murderer will not create anymore victims. They will no longer have to fear the return of this criminal into society. They will be able to achieve a great degree of closure knowing that this criminal will not be out on parole or have the chance to escape. ("Retribution (In Support of the Death
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