Why Capital Punishment Should be Abolished

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Why Capital Punishment Should be Abolished Contrary to popular belief, the death penalty does not act as a deterrent to criminal behavior. As stated by Alfred Blumstein, "Expert after expert and study after study has shown the lack of correlation between the treatment of the death penalty and the occurrence of violent crimes." (Blumstein 68) Isaac Ehrlich's study on the limiting effects of capital punishment in America reveals this to the public. The study spans twenty-five years, from 1957 till 1982, and shows that in the first year the study, was conducted, there were 8,060 murders and 6 executions. However, in the last year of the study there were 22,520 murders committed and only 1 execution performed. (Blumstein 54) This clearly shows that many violent criminals are not afraid of capital punishment. People who would like to abolish the death penalty believe the offenders should be required to compensate the victim's family with the offender's own income from employment or community service. (ACLU 8) There is no doubt that someone can do more alive than dead. By working, the criminal inadvertently "pays back" society and also his victim and/or victim's family. There is no reason for the criminal to receive any compensation for the work they do, because money doesn’t equate with jail time. This could be considered a form of slavery to some, but it is no different from the days of being sent to the "yard" to break stone. One of the most well-known examples of the criminal contributing to the betterment of society is the case Leopld and Loeb. They were nineteen years old when they committed "The Crime of the Century." (Bedau 74) In 1924, they kidnapped and murdered a fo... ... middle of paper ... ...d because of the reasons stated above should be abolished Bibliography: Web Sites: American Civil Liberties Union. http://www.lectlaw.com/files/cri03.htm Briefing Paper Number 8. Associated Press. News:death-penalty/urebo_5fn@clarinet.com. PD Chiefs: Death Penalty Fails. Bedau, Hugo Adam. Goher:/goher.pipeline.com:70/000society/aclu/issues/ death/case_against. The Case Against the Death Penalty Books: Blumstein, Alfred and Jacqueline Cohen. Deterrence and Incapacitation: Estimating the Effects of Criminal Sanctions on Crime Rates. Washington, DC., 1978. National Academy of Sciences Greenberg, Edward. S. The Struggle For Democracy 5th Edition. New York, NY, 2001 Addison Wesley Educational Publishers Inc. Van den Haag, Ernest. Punishing Criminals: Concerning a Very Old and Painful Question. New York, NY, 1975. Basic Books, Inc.
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