Capital Punishment And The Death Penalty

946 Words Jun 9th, 2015 4 Pages
Capital punishment, or the death penalty, is a legal sentence for the convicted to be put to death for their criminal behavior. How the convicted criminal is executed varies from state to state. I do not believe that the death penalty is justifiable in almost any instance, if any. Throughout this class, I have read and experienced confusion on my opinion of whether capital punishment can be justifiable. If there was an absolute 100% belief and proof of guilt for the most serious of crimes (murder. rape, etc.), I would agree with the punishment of death. However, this is not the case most of the time. Research indicates that roughly 4% of the people on death row were wrongfully convicted, and at least one in twenty-five people on death row in the United States would be exonerated if given enough time. Many factors arise that deserve attention with regards to capital punishment that I see prove that it is an invalid, and unnecessary punishment.. Deterrence always come to mind with thinking about the death penalty, and has much controversy. Research indicates that the effect of capital punishment for a crime is not informative about whether capital punishment decreases, increases, or has no effect on the crime rate. I personally believe that capital punishment is a deterrent for others from committing similar crimes. According to a study published in the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, 88% of the country’s top criminologists do not believe the death penalty acts a…
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