The Death Penalty Is The Ultimate Punishment

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Christopher Llamas Curtis Becker Comp 1 03 October 2017 The death penalty The death penalty is the ultimate punishment. There is no harsher punishment than death itself. This nation, the United States of America, is currently one of fifty-eight nations that practice the death penalty, if one commits first-degree murder as of 2012. People that believe in the death penalty also believe that it will deter murders. In this paper I will argue that the death penalty does not deter criminals and that this nation should outlaw the practice. Before I make the argument, I would like to provide some background information regarding the death penalty. The whole idea of capital punishment was brought over from Britain, when the founding fathers…show more content…
Even though it 's still practiced today there are some limitations, for example the government can’t execute the mentally handicapped and isn’t supposed to execute juveniles. There are currently six execution methods in the united states which include, lethal injection, electrocution, lethal gas, a firing squad, and hanging. Even so executions have been steadily declining over the years. Those that are for the death penalty claim that it will serve as a deterrent and is the only way for retribution against murderers. Both issues are highly debatable and have even been a subject of criticism. Punishment as a deterrence has been used for ages. This concept does work, however it should not be applied to all criminals, in my opinion. Some pro capital punishment individuals claim that it is an efficient deterrence against criminals. In an article “Death penalty is a deterrence”, the authors claim that by practicing the death penalty, violent crimes will decrease.”violent crime has declined eleven percent, with murder showing the largest decline at even more than twenty two percent. We believe that this has occurred in part because of the strong signal that the death penalty sent to violent criminals and murders.” These statistics taken from this article may be inaccurate and should be closely examined. Retribution has also been a goal for punishment. Logically if a killer is put to death then it should somewhat stop killings since it sends this message. The
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