Support of the Death Penalty Essay

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I do support the death penalty and I do not consider it cruel or unusual treatment. The Constitution itself indicates that the death penalty can be used. Amendment V of the Constitution states that “…no person shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law….” (U.S. Const., amend V). In other words, once a person has gone through the due process of law, his life can be taken if he is found guilty. There is a common misconception that murderers do not think about the end consequence. If that was the case, there would be more killings by police than arrests. When murderers are confronted by policeman, they normally surrender because of the threat of the lethal weapon pointed at them. This is a conscious …show more content…
(Pro Death Penalty, 2010). These statistics alone show that capital punishment is a deterrent to murder.
In 1975 Isaac Ehrlich examined U.S time-series data for the period 1933–1969. In Ehrlich’s study, time-series data was data for the entire U.S. He used deterrent variables (the probabilities of arrest, conviction, and execution), demographic variables (population, fraction of nonwhites, fraction of people age 14–24), economic variables (labor force participation, unemployment rate, real per capita permanent income, per capita government expenditures, and per capita expenditures on police), and a time variable. His findings indicated a big negative relationship between the murder rate and execution rate. In conclusion, he estimated that each execution resulted in approximately seven or eight fewer murders. (Ehrlich’s study as cited Shepherd, 2004).
I think that capital punishment has been applied fairly in our justice system. The cases that could possibly involve a death sentence are tried by a jury of our peers. I feel that with a jury, human perspective and compassion comes into play. If the crime was such as a mother killing the killer of her child, the pain and suffering of the mother is usually taken into consideration. Such cases where the murder or rape was heinously vicious with no sense of motive or remorse, this is also taken into consideration. DNA has proven that many people who were convicted and sentence to die were…

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