Death Penalty Debate Essay

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Death Penalty Debate Paper


The death penalty is an issue that has continually created conflict in today’s society. Many people arguing whether or not the death penalty should exist. Who’s to say whether the death penalty is a form of justice and therefore a valid and appropriate punishment or whether it is a “cruel and unusual” form of punishment.
“The Arizona Supreme Court threw out the death sentences for a Tucson man who bludgeoned his girlfriend and her two children to death in 1984 after lying in wait for each of them, ruling that the murders weren’t especially heinous even though they were “atrocious” and “senseless”.” (Associated Press 2012) That statement gives the illusion to potential
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Each execution protects five lives. (Liptak, 2007)


Opponents of the research state that arguments are built on a defective evidence, inadequate data and inconsistent approaches. Capital punishment is administered so infrequently that the number of murders it can conceivably have triggered or prevented cannot be separated from annual fluctuations in the murder rate caused by other influences. (Liptak, 2007)


Gary Becker, (Nobel Prize winner in 1992), states the existing evidence is not conclusive but is adequate to assure him the death penalty does deter and should be used in the most horrible crimes. Professor Sunstein and Adrian Vermeule, a law professor at Harvard, says execution may save lives. Those who disagree with capital punishment in the label of protecting life must accept the probability that failure to impose capital punishment will not safeguard life. The studies review the proficiencies of states or counties, evaluating whether executions at a certain time affected the homicide rate that year, and later years. (Liptak, 2007)


“There is a common economics inquiry”, states Professor Wolfers. Capital punishment is costly. Resources used on capital punishment are resources not used on policing. A capital hearing can total over $1 million. Assigning that currency to crime prevention would deter more homicides than an execution would discourage. The existing data is not reliable, as

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