|YEAR Number of prisoners under |
|sentence of death |
|2007 3,220 |
|Source: Capital Punishment, 2007 - Statistical Tables, |
|December 2008, NCJ 224528 |
|For 2007, the average Murder Rate of Death Penalty |
|States was 5.5, while the average Murder Rate of States |
|without the Death Penalty was 3.1 |
|FBI Uniform Crime Report for 2007 (Published Sept, 2008)|
|Capital punishment, also dubbed the "death penalty," is |
|the pre-meditated and planned taking of a human life by |
|a government in response to a crime committed by that |
|legally convicted person. |
United States currently utilizes Capital Punishment in cases of Capital (first degree) Murder as well as Sexual Assault of a Minor. Although many researchers would argue, there is no clear or concrete evidence that Capital Punishment is a contributing factor in eliminating future criminal activity. There are many studies that have been completed that suggest that the model indicators were inconclusive because much of the data was compromised. The methods approved for executions are lethal, inhumane and unconstitutional. The United States should not continue to use Capital Punishment because Capital Punishment is morally wrong, denies basic human rights and does not deter crime statistically in the US.
Capital Punishment does not justify the reasoning to punish convicted violent...