The Pros And Cons Of Capital Punishment

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Capital Punishment: The barbaric means Capital punishment or the death penalty a punishment usually given to those who commit crimes such as murder. Though already outlawed in Canada as early as 1976, a poll conducted in 2012 by Angus Reid Public Opinion along with the Toronto Star found that 63 percent of 10,000 Canadians which were randomly selected across Canada believe the death penalty is an appropriate punishment. A baffling belief, as Capital Punishment serves no practical purpose in today’s society. It costs a tantalizing amount of money. Has never proved itself to be a deterrent for crime in any modern society. The costs alone are excessive. Though the drug itself which is used to humanely kill these prisoners is quite cheap, costing as low as $80. However that isn’t the only thing that taxpayers have to…show more content…
As George W. Bush firmly states “I support the death penalty”, and continues to say “because I believe, if administered swiftly and justly, capital punishment is a deterrent against future violence and will save other innocent lives”. Though the past president of the USA, wholeheartedly supported the idea. Its use as a crime deterrent is quite questionable. With no actual evidence of it deterring violent crime. As states like Nevada, Louisiana, Florida, Maryland which have the death penalty actually are a few of the most violent states in the US. (Samuel Stebbins, 2016). Even criminologists had no faith in its use as a crime deterrent. A study as early as 1996, showed 83 percent of criminologists not believing in the usefulness of it as a crime deterrent. A more recent study conducted by Prof. Michael Radelet and Traci Lacock of the University of Colorado found similar results, showing 88 percent of criminologists had no belief in the effect of Capital Punishment as a crime deterrent. (Death Penalty Information Center,

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