The Death Penalty Is Justified

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Death Penalty The death penalty that is still in effect today in America, stems back to before the United States gained freedom from Britain. The formation of the death penalty as a punishment was taken by the colonists from the British. It has been under constant pressure from abolitionists since the day that it was established as a punishment. However, it was not until the nineteenth century when abolitionist movements began to influence the states on the issue of the death penalty to see the form of punishment abolished. Slowly states began to change the laws on the death penalty and some even stopped using the death penalty as a punishment option. These states have now lost an element of deterrence in which is the only way to halt some crimes from being committed. It also does not serve justice now that a innocent life can be taken while the murder continues to live. The United States death penalty is a benefit to America’s society because it deters capital offense, justice is upheld constitutionally, and it lessens the cost to house inmates. The element of deterrence when related to the death penalty is a highly argued topics on whether the punishment stops criminals from committing a crime. The crimes do, however, have to be specific capital crimes. Originally the capital crimes worthy of the death penalty included treason, piracy, counterfeiting federal certificates, and murder; but the list continues to grow and eventually in 1878 it included arson, rape,

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