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Death Penalty vs. Life Sentenc

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Death Penalty vs. Life Sentences Without Parole

Did you know each year there are about 250 people added to death row and 35 executed? Many people oppose of the death penalty, yet many people approve it, but it is not up to us to decide what is best, for it is up to the government. Ever since the year 1976, when capital punishment was brought forth there has been the question of what is better; death penalty or life sentence without parole, which will be talked about in this essay based on deterrence, the wrongfully convicted and moral arguments.

People say that life sentence without parole is just as much of an effective deterrent as the death penalty. They say this because it would be just as bad, if not worse, to get a life sentence as it would to get the death penalty. Imagine being stuck in a small cell for the rest of your life. Some people rather die and some people in prison even commit suicide. People also argue that murderers don’t fear death because they don’t take the time to think about the consequences of their actions, for if they did than they wouldn’t have committed the crime in the first place. In addition, some of the murderers don’t care if they are put to death and would even prefer it because they live a miserable life, or they can’t live with their past, for it always haunts them. Furthermore, others say that states which do have the death penalty have higher crime rates than those that don't, and that a more severe punishment only inspires more severe crimes. On the other hand, people also point out that every state in the union is different. These differences include the populations, number of cities, and the crime rates as well. Strongly urbanized states are more likely to have higher crime rates than states that are more rural because there are less people and those states abolished capital punishment. The states that have capital punishment are compelled to have it due to their higher crime r...

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