Death Penalty As A Form Of Punishment

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Death Penalty Throughout mankind has been using the death penalty as a form of punishment. Many people argue with this type of punishment because they believe in an eye for an eye. Many people that it is okay to murder a human being due to them having killed an individual over time. There have been many cases that have proven that they death penalty violates the constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishment, being very expensive, and innocent lives are convicted. Many people agree with the eye for an eye idea due to them feeling it is the best punishment a killer could receive and it prevents future criminals from committing a crime as they will fear the death penalty. Using a panel data set of over 3,000 counties from 1977 to 1996, Professors Hashem Dezhbakhsh, Paul H. Rubin, and Joanna M. Shepherd of Emory University found that each execution, on average, results in 18 fewer murders. They found that executions had a highly significant negative relationship with murder incidents. Charles Murray says that the United States has the highest crime rates which prove that the prison system does not work as criminals are not afraid of the sentence they receive. According to Charles Murray the death penalty makes criminals fear the punishment which he says stops them from committing the crime. We should look at the constitution and what it has to say about cruel and unusual punishments as the constitution is the highest authority of this…
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