Death Penalty Research Paper

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Meranze, Michael, Randall McGowen, and David Garland. America 's Death Penalty : Between Past And Present. New York: NYU Press, 2011. eBook Academic Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 4 Apr. 2016. UCLA History Professor Michael Meranze, University of Oregon History Professor Randall McGowen, and Professor of Sociology and Law at New York University David Garland explore America’s obsession with the death penalty, from political and religious moral point of views, throughout time. Many groups against capital punishment exist, today, that are powered by religion. They fight for alternate punishment, as they feel a death sentence is morally wrong in God’s eyes and that killing one person in return for their murderous action does not make it justifiable. Our country is extremely divided and highly emotional when it comes to the issue of the death penalty, so politics use the topic to sway people in their favor. Even though other countries, that America’s judicial system is often compared with, have abolished capital …show more content…
Using statistical analysis of data from California, the newspaper discusses how a death sentence costs up to twenty times more than a life without parole sentence. In order to lower the cost of capital punishment, significant regulations would have to be removed, which would in turn risk innocent people being executed. The data reviewed in this research proves that the death penalty does not deter homicide, since the states that utilize capital punishment have at least forty-eight percent higher murder rates than non-death penalty states. Abolishing the capital punishment would save California two hundred million dollars per year. This economic point of view offers logical reasoning for tax payers and states to kick the death penalty to the

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