Is Death Penalty Effective? Essay

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Is Death Penalty Effective? When we talk about death penalty there is no black or white answer. Someone’s life is very valuable and to take the decision to take it away is a big responsibility. Those who committed crimes should pay the consequences, and they should be proportional to the crime. Individuals should be judged by their actions. They should have all the evidence necessary to determine if the individual is guilty or not. There should be no doubt that the person committed the crime, because after executing them there is no option to go back. The death penalty has not been proven to lower the crime levels, but it promotes and increases violence. Capital punishment is expensive and not very efficient. It should not be used unless is an extreme case and the individual that commits the crime represents such a big treat to society that execution is the only way to not put on risk others. “The death penalty was first introduced in America in 1630 when Captain George Kendall in the Jamestown Colony of Virginia was executed for being a spy for Spain” (Part I). Back then, people were executed because of stealing grapes, denying God, cutting trees down or killing chickens. Laws were severe, strict and not very clear. They were modified depending on the prisoner’s social status, the crime and the laws from each colony. America was greatly influenced by Britain on the use of death as a punishment. United States used death penalty for several decades,…

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