Web. 7 Mar 2011. Anderson, David. “Summary of the Arguments for the Death Penalty.” Yesdeathpenalty.com. David Anderson, 2008.
For instance, Mocan and Gittings (2003) take time to investigate this theory by including the effects of commutation, prison deaths, and acquittals on the rate of crime. In addition to Adler and Summers’ (2007) findings, they assert that both commutation and acquittal of prisoners lead to additional cases of homicide in the United States. Consequently, capital punishment is regarded as a necessary procedure for saving the lives of innocent citizens. However, many people, including United States former president, George Bush, caution that capital punishment should not be used as a way of seeking revenge. Instea... ... middle of paper ... ... Works Cited Adler, R. D., & Summers, M. (2007).
In the United States, 34 states have the death penalty in place, while 16 states prohibit it (Death Penalty Information Center, “States With and Without the Death Penalty”). This shows the indecisiveness among the states on whether or not capital punishment should be allowed or outlawed. Capital punishment should be outlawed due to the fact that it does not diminish crime rates; it is more costly than keeping criminals in prison for life, and most criminals on death row do not receive proper representation in order to justify their innocence. Since the ratification of capital punishment, states that discontinued the death penalty have steadily retained lower murder rates, then states that allow the death penalty. Over the past 3 years, the murder rate within states that allow capital punishment has been consistently higher than that of those who... ... middle of paper ... ...enalty.” Death Penalty Information Center.
Maybe it is the same sorrowful scene, but the criminal justice system these days provides the accuracy of modern forensics and DNA testing, which makes it very unlikely for an innocent person to be punished with death penalty (“Pro death penalty”, 2011). Albania has heard nothing about capital punishment since 1995, that a civilian was hanged. The capital punishment for murder was abolished in October 2000, while it still existed for betrayal and military offences. Seven years later Albania approved Protocol No. 13 of the European Convention on Human Rights and abolished the death penalty law under all circumstances by replacing it with life imprisonment (Wikipedia, 2013).
Supporters of the death penalty also argue that it is cheaper to execute a criminal than it is to keep them in prison for life. However, statistics have shown that the cost of putting a criminal to death, including all of the time and money spent in... ... middle of paper ... ....deathpenaltyinfo.org/facts-about-deterrence-and-death-penalty>. Lowe, Wesley. “Pro Capital Punishment Page.” Pro Capital Punishment Page. 22 July 2009.
Throughout the 1960s, the Supreme Court battled many cases involving whether the death penalty should be allowed. The Supreme Court finally ruled in 1976 that the death penalty be enforced by the states that wanted it and not enforced by those who do not want it. Currently in the United States, thirty-five states have the death penalty, while fifteen do not. Even though some states have the death penalty, seven states have not performed any executions. Seventy percent of the public approves of the death penalty to be enforced throughout the states (Robinson).