Capital Punishment : The Death Penalty

1212 Words Jul 7th, 2016 5 Pages
Money, Complications, Delays, and Innocents: Controversy Against the Death Penalty The government has sanctioned the practice of the death penalty to those who are believed to be deserving of such serious retribution. Capital punishment manages to maintain a large amount of public support; however, it has recently received the label of a dying practice. The decline of executions can be traced back to the high price, complicated procedures, and ongoing trials placed on these cases because of the major risk factors. While many Americans still believe the death penalty ensures justice for serious crimes along with enhancing future public safety, those against this form of punishment claim the process of executing a person has too many exorbitant defects and uncertainties to edict a punishment that cannot be undone. Supporters of the death penalty insist it deters people from committing future crimes and is an appropriate sentence for convicts placed on death row. Many argue there is no concrete evidence to show capital punishment reduces future crimes, though “in an influential study published in 2003, Emory University economists Hashem Dezhbakhsh and Paul H. Rubin and Emory law professor Joanna Shepherd used data from before and after then-recent death penalty moratoriums to conclude that each execution prevented on average 18 murders” (Jost 971). Despite the claims that the evidence found in this study were not practical, this study seduced many to view the beneficial…
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