Capital Punishment And Its Effect On The Economy Of United States

1320 WordsMar 8, 20166 Pages
Since ancient times, the death penalty has existed in many forms and was carried out strictly to enforce the laws of society. As society grew more complex, many different factors influenced the development of the death penalty, or capital punishment as it has developed into in the United States. Because of this, controversy about whether or not to have the punishment arose, leading to much debate on the topic. The paper will analyze and observe the Capital Punishment and its influence on the economy of United States. Before proceeding, it is important to note that the definition of the capital punishment: a punishment, enforced on the state and federal levels, in which victims are sentenced to death for committing one or crimes deemed worthy of the punishment. Of all the arguments that support and refute the capital punishment, the most debated in aspect of economic concerns the costs or savings that are generated because of the Capital Punishment. In short-term, costs concern the public the most because it aids in destroying the community’s economy. Many different factors of the Capital Punishment both directly and indirectly generate the costs that hamper the economy; however, supporters of the Capital Punishment beg to differ. One factor of the capital punishment that indirectly affects the economy is the deterrence of crime. According to Martin Kasten, researchers such as Professor Ehrlich and many other supporters of the capital punishment believe that it deters
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