Capital Punishment And The Death Penalty

2429 Words Jun 7th, 2016 10 Pages
It is argued that the death penalty does not contribute to the deterrence of crime, but rather raises the crime rate. Countries use the death penalty for reasons regarding their legal, political, and religious belief systems. Capital punishment is used to prevent possible crimes, letting possible would-be-criminals be aware that they would be put to death if they committed a very offensive treason against the government. It is the ultimate warning against all crimes. If someone is thinking of committing a severe crime, he or she would be more apprehensive and hesitant in committing it due to the fact that they know that the justice system will not spare their life. The threat of being put to death is greater than the threat of being put in jail for a lifetime. This usage of the fear of death would prevent possible crimes. Capital punishment is also a way to provide closure for the victim’s family or loved ones. Their grief might not end with the murderer’s death, but the execution does give them a sense of relief instead of knowing that the murderer is living on while the victim is not.
The capital punishment also suits the “eye for an eye” belief that most of the countries that uses the death penalty believes in. Countries with fewer political rights are more likely to have the death penalty while countries with higher literacy rates and developed economies are less likely to have the death penalty, showing the link between political rights and abolition of the death…
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