Capital Punishment And The Death Penalty

1106 Words Jan 13th, 2016 5 Pages
Jesse Jackson once said, “Capital punishment turns the state into a murderer.” Capital punishment has been around for several hundred years, the first documented execution in America taking place in 1608, but more recently this form of punishment has been raising questions on its morality. While the form of execution has changed over the years, from firing squad to lethal injection, all forms succeed in their purpose: to kill. Support for capital punishment is still very strong in America, the reasons ranging from the fact that the death sentence deters crime, all the way to plain revenge, but recent polls show that a majority of Americans find the death penalty an unjust sentence. It is imperative that Americans open their eyes to the fact that capital punishment does nothing to deter crime, is a result of erroneous sentencing, and is the most basic definition of murder. Several people in support of capital punishment claim that the death penalty is the only way we as a nation can deter horrendous crimes, such as murder. Quite contradictory to what supporters claim, a recent study by the Death Penalty Information Center showed that in 2014 alone, the average murder rate in states that did have the death penalty was 4.7, while the average murder rate for states without the death penalty was 3.8. The results of this study show a glaring difference between states with the death penalty and states without. This quite obviously proves that the death penalty is of no hindrance…
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