The Death Penalty Stopping America — страница 2
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murders. By 1964 … there were only 15 executions… and 9,250 murders. In 1969 there were no executions and 14,590 murders… after 6 years of no executions in 1975 there were 20,510 murders (Nardo 27). … Dick Thornburg argued that juries should consider the victim s worth when sentencing murders. … [I]ntent was to deter would-be murders by more frequently imposing the death penalty (Nardo 57). The murder rate in Utah decreased as executions became more of a reality as a punishment for murder… people were deterred from committing murder (Nardo 28+29). In many states the death penalty has been proven to drive down and deter crime; this shows that the death penalty is a very affective punishment, not only in stopping one killer and giving the victim s family justice, but also in stopping a person who could have been a murderer. Those who show no mercy should find none; and if hanging will not restrain them, hanging them in chains, and starving them, or… breaking them on the wheel…. should A. Balwin 1701 (Bender 17). Even though today we cannot use these punishments because of the constitution, we can get the point across using the death penalty. The death penalty helps our country in many ways and is the most affective punishment we have. The principal reason our nation needs to maintain and carry out capital punishment is that it is the only proper way we can place the highest possible value on innocent human life (McCuen 65). Capital sentences, when carried out, save innocent lives by permanently incapacitating murderers (McCuen 64). In order to have an affective deterrent, the penalty has to be certain and the penalty has to be swift (McCuen 97). Yes, the death penalty is swift and it is very certain. The system may have made mistakes and sentenced a few innocent people to death, but the death penalty has saved countless lives by deterring crime, and if used more, more lives would be saved. Studies shown earlier in the essay shown the reduced amount of crime, with that it brings more life saved. Society can no longer give killers a second chance to kill again, by doing so we are putting more innocent lives in danger than the death penalty does. Being a death row inmate is cruel and unusual punishment, so is being a victim (Bender 57). Works Cited Bender, David L. The Death Penalty opposing Viewpoints San Diego, CA: Green Haven Press, 1991. McCuen, Gary E. The Death penalty and the Disadvantaged Hudson, WI: GEM Publications Inc, 1997. Nardo, Don. Death Penalty SanDiego, CA: Lucent Books Inc, 1992.