Death Penalty Pros And Cons Essay

1735 Words Mar 1st, 2015 7 Pages
"[Around] 32 states allow the death penalty. On May 2, 2013, Maryland became the latest state to outlaw capital punishment, joining 17 other states and the District of Columbia"(Death Penalty Pros and Cons online). According to the research that I did, “it is the states ' choice to pass the Capital Punishment or not” (Death Penalty Pros and Cons online). Even though Capital punishment is the cheapest way of punishment to those who committed murder, it is not an effective deterrent to crime because it is racially biased, fallible, and a waste of money that could be used to prevent homicide.
Capital punishment started with this court case. This court case brought attention to the problem of the death penalty. According to statistical tables of Bureau of Justice Statistics “The U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976 Gregg v. Georgia, and its companion cases. [Where the Supreme Court ruled that using the death penalty for the crime of murder did not violate the 8th amendment’s call for “no cruel and unusual punishment] From 1976 to 2000, the number of inmates under sentence of death in the United States steadily increased until it peaked at 3,601 inmates on December 31, 2000"(Snell, Tracy L. online). Some states are allowing the death penalty, while others are deciding to outlaw this law. Capital punishment rate is getting higher an higher and there is nothing that we could do about it other than stopping it. As the Death Penalty pro and con website claim "In…

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