Essay on Argument For the Death Penalty

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Should any individual be killed for their crimes or mistakes? Adam Liptak, a writer for the New York Times, found that, “According to roughly a dozen recent studies, executions save lives. For each inmate put to death, the studies say, 3 to 18 murders are prevented.” Therefore, the death penalty must be upheld in the United States of America in order to protect its citizens and to properly enforce justice.
The death penalty ensures fair retribution for the loved ones of the criminal’s victim. In 1977, Clarence Ray Allen was convicted for murder after arranging the death of a witness against him in a burglary case and was subsequently sentenced to life in prison without parole. In 1980, Allen organized the killings of the witnesses who
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... After all that time, he finally got what he deserved” (If Death Penalty Is Abolished, What Next?). Without the death penalty, proper justice is unattainable.
In addition to serving justice where it is due, the death penalty provides a powerful deterrent to crime. H. Naci Mocan, an economist at Louisiana State University and an author of a study that finds that each death penalty carried out deters five murders said, “I personally am opposed to the death penalty, but my research shows that there is a deterrent effect.” To many, including economists, the cause-and-effect is obvious: When the cost of an object rises, the number of objects bought will decline drastically (Liptak). Also, murderers often put lots of thought and planning into what goes into the act, and that planning will inevitably involve weighing out the pros and cons. Any type of discipline or penalty will have some sort of deterrent effect, but a more drastic penalty will lead to stronger discouragement from crime (Ardaiz). Because preventing murder is in America’s best interests, the U.S. is obligated to use the most severe punishment available in order to deter murder (Arguments for and Against the Death Penalty).
Nevertheless, some critics of the death penalty argue that the chance of an innocent person being executed far outweighs the benefits of executing a guilty one. After all, there will always be some factor of human error or bias (First, Abolish the Death Penalty). For example, on…