Death Penalty

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Should the entire United States use the death penalty? Albert Einstein once said “The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people that don’t do anything about it.” This quote speaks true to the society many people live in today. Crimes will be committed everyday, and this will never end. Murders, robberies, auto theft, and kidnapping are all crimes and are committed numerous times everyday. However, something that can change is whether people associated with the crime contact the authorities and eliminate a criminal from committing further crimes. This would reduce the number of criminals that could cause society further harm. That is why people should turn in information …show more content…
He then gets out and is on parole. He seems to have changed his ways and is enjoying a normal life. However, four years later it is revealed that this man has killed four other people since he was released from prison. If the death penalty was used in the beginning, these four people who were killed could have been saved. This leads to an important question society must answer: Should the entire United States use the death penalty? The entire United States should use the death penalty because it will save the lives of innocent people, it saves the state and nation money, and it deters other criminals from committing crimes. The death penalty is the ultimate punishment for dangerous criminals for these reasons. The death penalty is used for only the worst types of criminals; mainly murderers, psychopaths, and cannibals. These people have committed terrible crimes, many times more than once. Many times, these people do not see the errors in the way they live their lives, and for that reason, keep committing the crime time and time again. Once these people are caught and taken to prison, the trials begin. Many times the death penalty is not used and instead the prisoner is subjected to life in prison or …show more content…
If people understand that if they commit a crime, and an option for their punishment could be the death penalty, then many people would not consider to execute a crime. Naci Mocan, an economics professor at the University of Colorado in Denver, found in a 2003 study he co-authored, and a 2006 study that re-examined the data, that each execution results in five fewer homicides, and commuting a death sentence means five more homicides (Tanner, 2007). Another study similar to the first was also done, and came to the same conclusion: that the death penalty deters crime. However, the second study was nationwide and conducted by professors at Emory University in 2003. They found that in every case in which the death penalty was completed, an average of eighteen murders were prevented every year (Tanner). It was found that the murders did not materialize because the death penalty has been in effect. A factor that could greatly increase the deterrence of criminals is if the death penalty would become faster. Robert Tanner found that in a 2004 study by an Emory University professor, that for every two and three quarter years cut from time spent on death row, one murder would be prevented. Death, in the eyes of many people, is the ultimate punishment, and those who kill others should be put to death themselves. People in

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