The Death Penalty Should Be Legalized

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The Death Penalty: Should it be Sentenced to Death?
For many years, a controversial issue has been whether the death penalty should remain legal in the United States. Despite the fact that is is legal in only 31 states, some Americans argue that the death penalty needs to be completely abolished. Their view is that is is inhumane and constitutionally unjustified. On the other hand many believe it is a source of deterrence and is the only just punishment for some crimes. When it comes down to it, the death penalty deters crime, is a fair and just punishment, and restores justice. I believe the death penalty should be legalized throughout the entire country.
The death penalty has been around for a long time. It has been recorded as being around as early as the time of Jesus. In the United states executions rose in the 1620’s, but then stopped rising in the 1930’s and halted completely in the 1970’s. On June 29, 1972 the death penalty was suspended because it was thought to be unconstitutional. However, later in the 80’s, lawyers in Florida, Texas, and Georgia argued for the death penalty. Laws were made allowing the death penalty and the supreme court decided that it should be legal and it was in fact constitutional under the eighth amendment. There are many reasons why capital punishment should be legal. The main reason being that it deters crime. Ernest van den Haag, a professor at Fordham University said “The threat of the death penalty may deter some murderers who…
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