Death Penalty

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Cause and Effect: The Death Penalty The cause of the death penalty more often then not is politically inspired. Fear has long been a favored method for controlling the population. In the case of the execution of those found guilty of murder in developed countries such as The USA , where the motivation is simply political. More votes are gained by appealing to the sense of justice exhibited in the lower educated classes than are to be gained by appealing to those that are more educated and trained in the exercise of reasoning. It is one of the failings of democracy. The effect of the death penalty is that if a person is a murderer he or she has nothing to lose by killing to cover their crime. No murderer commits a crime and intends to do …show more content…
“There are thousands of people in the world who have wrongly faced the hangman noose though they were wrongly convicted” (Andrews line 62). Therefore, although the root cause of death penalty is to punish individuals who have committed capital offences, this may not always be the case considering the number of people who are wrongly convicted.

“The desired effect of death penalty on individuals and the society at large is deterrence, although more often than not, this is not achieved” (Muhlhausen line 63). In pursuit of retribution and restitution, the criminal justice system uses death penalty to deter individuals from committing similar capital offences. The desired effect is that when people see individuals receive death penalty for capital offence, they are likely to be deterred from committing the same crime. There is no major difference between the desired effects in other forms of punishment and death penalty because they all desire to deter the society from committing similar crimes. Although this desired effect is positive, death penalty usually has negative effects on the society. “If death penalty really deterred people from committing capital offences, then we should not have a row of convicts waiting to face the hangman 's noose”(Smith line77). One of the major effects of death penalty is on the society. According to sociology theories, every individual plays an important role in the society, being a child, a father, or a mother and as a member of

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