The Death Penalty Should Be Legal

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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 see if they fluctuated with the likelihood of convicted murderers being executed, but the results were inconclusive. Moreover, even if some studies regarding deterrence are inconclusive, that is only because the death penalty is rarely used and takes years before an execution is actually carried out. Ernest van den Haag, a Professor of Jurisprudence at Fordham University who has studied the question of deterrence closely, wrote: "Even though statistical demonstrations are not conclusive, and perhaps cannot be, capital punishment is likely to deter more than other punishments because people fear deat... ... middle of paper ... ... closure. Life in prison just means the criminal is still around to haunt the victim, but a death sentence brings finality to a horrible chapter in the lives of family members and friends (Messerli). The only real feasible and just-seeming action is to allocate the same treatment that they did to their victims, except the criminal is going to be spared physical pain under lethal injection. In order to better our society and protect it, a certain extreme may need to take place to reduce the crime rates. In some cases 'extreme ' can be bad, but when talking about the death penalty it’s one of the best extremes there is. Murderers do not deserve to live and have all of their expenses paid for as a result of committing a crime. The death penalty helps resolve many problems such as, it serves as a deterrent, prevents overcrowding, and gives closure to victim’s families.

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