Literature Review Of Capital Punishment

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8932 October 17th, 2017 Paper #2: Literature Review Please write a 1,000 word paper reviewing a set of literature displaying the various dimensions of research conducted in an area of your interests. What part does capital punishment/death row play in the American society? For my literature review, I decided to do it on capital punishment in America. I wanted to focus on exactly what part it plays within the society now days. I decided to choose this topic since it tights in with my research paper. After reading different works literatures and texts, my suggestion was the following: Could it be that capital punishment fails as a preventive measure to stop criminal activities? The answer is yes. Here is how first and for most, the texts I…show more content…
Prejean discusses in her book Deadman Walking, her private opinion on capital punishment due to her religious background, and the correlation in the increase of crimes. She elaborates more on this finding, and state that the murder rate increased just one year before the death penalty was abolished in Canada in 1975 (Prejean 1992). Rosenburg states that a brutalization effect resulted in an increased murder rates as a result of executions (capital punishment). (Rosenberg 2000) Furthermore, on top of not reducing criminal activities, Capital punishment is a waste of money. Dieter state that Over two-thirds of the states and the federal government have installed an exorbitantly expensive system of capital punishment which has been a failure by any measure of effectiveness. Literally, hundreds of millions of dollars have already been spent on a response to crime which is calculated to be carried out on a few people each year and which has done nothing to stem the rise in violent crime (Dieter n.d.)When in fact there is another way to go about it. The death penalty is much more expensive than its closest alternative -- life imprisonment with no parole. Capital trials are longer and more expensive at every step than other murder trials. (Dieter n.d.)Over the past three decades, there has been a downward trend in the number of murders that lead to arrest and conviction to the point that only
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