Capital Punishment Essay

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Capital Punishment

A thirty-five year old white male kidnaps and rapes two sisters, one nine years old and the other twelve. The man then brutally murders the two sisters, letting one watch as the other one was killed. The man leaves the bloody and beaten girls dead on their front porch. Does this man deserve to die? Capital punishment, if applied in this hypothetical situation, would serve its purpose in getting retribution for this crime. Capital punishment is a controversial subject but is an effective punishment for serious crimes such as this. Right now, only one percent of murderers who have committed serious crimes such as this are on death row. “Every nation with industrial democracies has abolished the death
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Firing squads and hangings are used in other countries. The newest methods now used more often throughout the world include hangings, electrocution, gas chamber, firing squad (in Utah), or lethal injection. Caning is not a form of capital punishment, although an alternate way to lower crime rates. “In Singapore, where caning is practiced regularly, crime rates are so low that they are barely above zero,” (“Capital Punishment”). Supporters argue that death is a more severe punishment so it deters crime. The principles of capital punishment say it is a form of retribution, and that the murderer deserves to die. “Death is pure humiliation for the criminal, and it has been proven that humiliation is one of the best forms of punishment,” (“Capital Punishment”, 282). Executions occur usually a decade or more after a murderer is sentenced to ensure that due process of law can take place and if the man is innocent, he can hopefully be proven so. Studies done by government agencies in the 1970’s have proven that for each man put to death, 8 or more murderers are deterred from committing crimes (“Arguments for Life and Death”). Life sentences cost $1.8 million to carry out. Death sentences only have the costs of ten years or more in prison and prosecution costs. This proves that death is more cost effective then life and it deters more

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