Essay on A Tougher Death Penalty Will Reduce Crime

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We Need a Tougher Death Penalty

Many people, in general, are trying to abolish the death penalty. Why? Why try to abolish something that is in need in our corrupt world? Like for instance, in the case of the monster named Westley Dodd. The death penalty is doing the world of crime some good. If the people could see the right in their negative outlook.

Westley Dodd had been imprisoned for child molesting in many occasions and in 1989 committed a crime that of horrific nature that made even the detectives cry. Westley Dodd preyed on children, one of the many, stuck out in everyone's minds. Dodd caught the attention of five-year old boy named Lee Islei, knocked him unconscious, then dragged him to his apartment.
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It will also express the pro's and con's of the subject.

The death penalty has been around since the 1500's. In England however, by the 1500's the death penalty was used in only the greatest offenses, such as the following: treason, murder, larceny, burglary, rape and arson. By the 1800's, a Parliament authorized some new capital offenses, which have put more criminals on Death Row. Reform of the death penalty began to surface in Europe in the 1750's, but it wasn't until the 1850's that trouble started occurring. In 1847, Michigan was the first to abolish the death penalty all together, especially for murder. Venezuela followed in 1853, and succeeding was Portugal in 1867. All of Western Europe and most of Latin America has practically terminated the use of the death penalty all together (Steamer).

In Texas, however, one of the few states that actually promotes the death penalty is, by far, the leader in executing convicted criminals. Since 1976, Texas has put 92 criminals to death, thirty-seven of whom were from the Houston area, where District Attorney, Johnny B. Holmes Jr. is a fond proponent of the death penalty. In many states, prosecutors try for the death penalty, but only a fraction of them actually get it. "There are 22,000 homicides a year, 18,000 arrests and maybe 50 or 60 executions" (Lewin).

There are only thirty-eight states that have and practice the