Capital Punishment And The Death Penalty

1643 WordsAug 28, 20157 Pages
In today 's world, terrible crimes are being committed daily. Watching the news, listening to the radio or reading a newspaper shows proof of this cruelty. So what can be done about these criminals? Capital punishment has been exposed throughout history; “In the Jamestown colony of Virginia in 1608, Captain George Kendall was hanged for the capital offense of treason. Among other serious capital crimes in colonial times were murder, rape and witchcraft” (Fridell). The death penalty has been under discussion for some time. While there are many supporters, some still disagree. Currently, “there are thirty-one states in which the death penalty is enforced, and nineteen states that have abolished it” (Death Penalty Information Center). The Death penalty is a form of punishment that involves executing a person after he or she were found guilty of a major crime by the legal system. Should the death penalty be used for murderers, rapists, and serial killers and no other crimes? Research shows that “the major reasons why people support the death penalty is because of deterrence, retribution, and incapacitation” (Booker, Renee, and Hubbard). Racism also can play a part of capital punishment. The death penalty is an effective tool for reducing violent crimes and eliminating the costs of supporting violent offenders in the prisons. The death penalty’s effectiveness is based on its ability to deter, promote retribution, and ultimately to incapacitate violent offenders. Deterrence To
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