For the Death Penalty Essay

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For the Death Penalty

Are we effectively punishing our most vile and baneful criminals? I believe some improvement to be necessary; the death penalty should be legalized in all states. The United States should utilize the capital punishment because it is economical and has deterring and incapacitating effects. While life with no parole sentencing is a valid alternative, the death penalty is in public favor, ruled as constitutional, is humane, and allows convicts many opportunities to appeal.
While many people will claim that too many inmates are executed, the national death row currently has a population of 3726 criminals, consisting of 3669 men and 57 women, and only 712 convicts have been executed since 1976. In 2000, 85
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Also, some people who oppose capital punishment believe that executions are unequally applied to Caucasians and African-Americans. This is untrue because 46.14 percent of death row inmates are Caucasians (wwwl.ncpa.org/ea/eama87a.html).
Public opinion of the death penalty generally supports it. When Americans were asked if they favored the death penalty for murder convicts, 68 percent said yes (Gallup Poll, www.pollingreport.com). An ABC News Poll asked if the “death penalty is fair because killers can not kill again”, 72 percent agreed. Even when given life with no parole as an alternative, the majority of those polled by ABC News/Washington Post in April 2001, answered that they prefer the death penalty. Moreover, in 1976, the United States Supreme Court declared the death penalty constitutional (www.thepubliccause.net/deathpenalty.html#supremecourtdeathpenaltydecisions).
Another reason to utilize the death penalty is to prevent criminals from escaping prison. To incapacitate these nefarious inmates prevents them from causing further harm to society. In March 2001, Lee John Knoch and Aaron O’Hara, both 23 years old, escaped the Snake River Correctional Institution in Oregon. O’Hara, who was captured by authorities, is serving a six-year sentence for sodomy, sex abuse, and two counts of rape. Knoch was not caught and had been serving life with no parole for his 1998 conviction of five counts of aggravated murder and…

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