Capitol Punishment is a subject of much controversy for many years. Some United States citizens doubt the Death Penalties worth, but it is a proven deterrent to crime. Other people fear the murders of innocent people by the United States government, but now with aid of DNA testing, there is no escaping science. Even though most people believe in the Death Penalty, due to the fact that the Death Penalty leaves no way for them to get out and harm another innocent victim. Capitol Punishment should be pursed in the United States as a whole, not just in a select number of states.
The Death Penalty is a deterrent to crime. As the rate of executions raise, the murder rate drops (Johansen, Jay, Page 135). In Texas in 1982 there were 701 murders, then dropped down to 261 in 1996. This dropped by 63% in 1982, which was the year the Death Penalty was reinstated (Lowe, Wesley). Some times major cases involving the Death Penalty, for example in 1988 there were 47 murders. 26 were in January to June; June 10th Arthur Gary Bishop was executed. This dropped the Murder Rate by 19% (Lowe, Wesley). In 1976 to 1977 Gary Gilmore was executed via firing squad, this dropped the murder rate by 20%. In Utah in 1987 there was an average of
In the Wake of the Pierre Dale Shelby execution, it dropped to 4. Further more with DNA testing not one single person to be executed has been proven innocent. Some would ague that this can be solved with life without parole. The best part of Capitol Punishment is that zero percent of executed murders have ever killed or even harmed another human again. This means that any murderer that is released may still has the malice in their heart to take the life of another helpless human. DNA much like the fingerprint in the way that every one has one different than another person (Stolorow, Mark, Page 32). Also Capitol Punishment will never allow the cold-hearted killer to harm anyone or even be a though in the heads of victims friends or families. 95 of their readers say DNA testing that would prove guilt or innocence should be allowed (Stolorow, Mark, Page 32). If some one was at the scene of the crime, they will leave DNA behind, if there is no DNA (hair, blood, or other bodily fluids) left behind, they could not have been at the crime scene to do anything wrong. 95 of Newsweek readers say States should have mandatory DNA testing, 88 of their readers say the Federal Government should have mandatory DNA testing (Newsweek). These facts show that the general public wants DNA testing to be mandatory.