The United states is the only western democracy that still practices capital punishment.
There have been over 4050 executions since 1930. In 1994 alone, there were 257
executions in the United States. People who believe in capital punishment say that this
dehumanizing process deters crime. This is false because the death penalty has been
proven NOT to deter crime. In fact, during the 1980s, states practicing the death penalty
averaged an annual rate of 7.5 criminal homicides per 100,000, while abolition states
averaged a rate of 7.4 per 100,000. That means murder was actually MORE common in
states that use the death penalty. Criminals irrationally perform crimes, therefore, life
imprisonment ought to deter a rational person itself. Besides, no criminal commits a
crime if he believes he will be caught.
The death penalty i
What is the difference between the state killing and an individual killing The end result is the same. Every time we executesomeone, we sink to the same level as the common killer. It is a lot easier to kill someone by putting one bullet in their head ratherthan stabbing or strangling someone. If the innocent person is executed then the case isclosed forever. If I would see one riding around the block and another patrolling the streets, Iwould think twice about it. When we execute an innocent person, the real killer is still on the streets,ready to victimize someone else. A study by the New York State Defenders Association showed thatthe cost of a capital trial ALONE is more than double the cost of life imprisonment. If we decrease the availability of handguns then Iguarantee there will be less murders. Why do governments kill people to showother people that killing is wrong Would society allow rape as the penalty for rape orthe burning of arsonists"tm homes as the penalty for arson. Another reason to get rid of the death penalty is the possibility of error. At least 23 people have beenexecuted who did not commit the crime they were accused of. Since 1976 the United States has spent 700million dollars in it. Sometimes a person might be put to death who is innocent.