Capital Punishment Should Not Be Abolished Essay

759 Words Mar 2nd, 2016 4 Pages
Have you ever heard the sound of someone’s neck snapping as they fall to their death with a noose around their neck? If you were around in the early 1600s, public hanging was pretty popular and not uncommon to see on the everyday streets. In today’s society, hanging has become an obsolete form of capital punishment. Even though with todays methods being more humane and not as violent, people still try to abolish the capital punishment act; the main reason being: that there is no deterrence factor in the death penalty, the death penalty is racially biased, and that it is cheaper to keep someone in prison for life than it is to execute them. And people will argue these facts all day everyday, even though they are all false.
To begin, capital punishment should not be abolished because it actually does deter crimes such as murder. Professors Hashem Dezhbakhsh, Paul H. Rubin, and Joanna M. Shepherd of Emory University found that on average that each execution resulted in 18 fewer murders. If the only punishment that people would receive for murdering someone would to be locked up in a cell and never have to worry about food, shelter, or health care anymore; then there wouldn’t be any deterrence at all. Because there are a lot of people in the world who are homeless or have nothing going for them in life could easily just walk up and kill someone just so they could have everything provided for them. The length of time also spent on death row is a major factor in the deterrence…

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