Pros And Cons Of The Death Penalty

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The death penalty is an issue that has the United States quite divided. While there are many supporters of it, there is also a large amount of opposition. Currently, there are thirty-three states in which the death penalty is legal and seventeen states that have abolished it. I believe the death penalty should be legal throughout the nation. There are many reasons as to why I, and many others, believe that the death penalty should be legalized in all states, including fear of consequences, retribution, and mortality.

The use of capital punishment greatly deters citizens from committing crimes such as murder. Many people's greatest fear is death: therefore if they know that death is a possible consequence for their actions, they are less likely to perform such actions. Ernest van den Hang, a professor at Fordham University, wrote about the issue of deterrence or in other words the fear of consequences. He stated that “...capital punishment is likely to deter more than other punishments because people fear death more than anything else. They fear most death deliberately inflicted by law and scheduled by the courts….Hence, the threat of the death penalty may deter some murderers who otherwise might not have been deterred. And surely the death penalty is the only penalty that could deter prisoners already serving a life sentence and tempted to kill a guard, or offenders about to be arrested and facing a life sentence.” (Death Penalty Curricula for High School) Van Den Hang

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