The Death Penalty Does NOT Deter Crime

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The death penalty is the punishment of execution, administered to someone legally of a capital crime. The laws of the death penalty were first established during the eighteenth century B.C. by King Hammaurabi. Captain George Kendall became the first person on record to get the death penalty in 1608. Some think that the government should not have the right to kill anyone. The death penalty shouldn’t exist because it doesn’t deter crime, it costs more to execute someone rather than to them in jail for life, and there is racial discrimination when it comes to the death penalty.
There have been studies that found that the death penalty does not deter crime. In a study by Jeffrey Fagan and two collaborators, they had recently compared violence in the U.S. with and without death penalty and they also found that there was no sign of a deterrent effect in between the years of 1960 til 2000 . The studies prove that the death penalty does not deter criminals. According to Marc Mauer, "We certainly can’t say there is a deterrent. We can’t say there is not either, I think at the very least the fact that there’s certainly no reason to believe there’s a significant deterrent effect should give pause." Studies that have shown that the death penalty reduces crime has been discredited by rigorous research. …show more content…

According to the DPIC cases without the death penalty costs $740,000, while cases with the death penalty costs as much as $1.26 million dollars. For each person on death row it would cost $90,000 more per year than a prisoner in general population. In New York the cost for the death penalty, which was reinstated in 1995: $160 million, or approximately $23 million for each person sentenced to death, with no executions likely for many years. (The Times Union, Sept. 22, 2003). What makes the prosecution so high is based on how long the person has been in prison, on death row, and occasionally a DNA test that they take are higher in

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