Essay Capital Punishment Is Not Cost Effective

1331 Words Dec 4th, 2014 null Page
When it comes to the topic of capital punishment, most of us will readily agree that it is a controversial topic. Where this agreement usually ends, however, is on the question of whether it is cost effective and if it deters future murders. While some are convinced that it does deter murders and is cost effective, others disagree. My own view is that it does not deter murders and is not cost effective. In today’s society, people still tend to believe that capital punishment deters the homicide rates here in the United States. Although it may seem like it does, but it is far from deterring homicide rates here in the United States. American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), an organization which helps fight for individuals rights and freedom, states on their website that, “The death penalty has no deterrent effect. Claims that each execution deters a certain number of murders have been thoroughly discredited by social science research” (ACLU). In other words, there have been countless studies on the claim that capital punishment in fact does deter future murders, and the research conducted disproves that claim that it does deter future murders. Many Americans do not know how or if capital punishment is working. In fact, the states that do have capital punishment see higher homicide rates, in comparison to the states that do not have a capital punishment law. ACLU further goes on into saying, “States that have death penalty laws do not have lower crime rates or murder rates…

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