The Death Penalty
The death penalty, also called capital punishment has always been and always will be a very controversial issue. People on both sides of this issue argue to gain further support for their movements. While opponents of capital punishment are quick to point out that the United States remains one of the few countries that continues to support the death penalty, Americans are also more likely to encounter violent crime than citizens of other countries. Justice says that criminals receive what they deserve . The punishment must fit the crime. If a burglar deserves imprisonment, then a murderer deserves death.
The death penalty is necessary and the only punishment suitable for those convicted of capital offenses. Seventy-five percent of Americans support the death penalty, according to Turner, because it provides a deterrent to some would-be murderers and it also provides for moral and legal justice. Deterrence is a theory - It asks what the effects of punishment are and what makes testable predictions - punishment reduces the crime rate compared to what it would be without the credible threat of punishment. The detterent effect of any punishment depends on how quickly the punishment is applied. Exections are so rare, and delayed for so long in comparison with the number of capital offeses committed that statistical correlations cannot be reached. The number of potential murders that are deterred by the threat of a death penalty may never be known, just as it may never be known how many lives are saved with it. However, it is known that the death penalty does definately deter those who are executed. Life in prision without the possibility of parole is the alternative to execution presented by those that who want words equal to reality. Nothing prevents the people sentenced in this way from being paroled under later laws or later court rulings. And nothing prevents them from escaping or killing again while in prison.
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