Essay about Should The Death Penalty Still Be Legal?

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Should the Death Penalty Still be Legal?
Origins of the death penalty span all the way back to the time of Hammurabi about three and a half millennia ago. “In the 18th Century BC, the Code of King Hammurabi of Babylon codified the death penalty for twenty five different crimes” (Reggio, PBS.org). Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth, the reasons that justified these so called “inhumane” punishments, was the reason that surpassed all others, logic. The death penalty was archaically considered the norm in classical civilizations, yet today in the public 's eyes, the penalty is considered too rash. On the contrary however, the death penalty should still be legal in the United States because it deters criminals from committing heinous acts, provides closure for the families of victims, and would be just to do so. First and foremost, the death penalty has been known to deter criminals from committing violent crimes. In “Capital Punishment Is a Deterrent”, a short article written by New York Governor George E. Pataki, Pataki urges the reinstatement of the death penalty in the state of New York. After passing the death penalty in 1995 despite strong opposition from liberals, New York’s crime rate dropped dramatically. “To fight and deter crime effectively, individuals must have every tool government can afford them, including the death penalty” (Capital Punishment 103). In addition, according to the United States Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics in 1998, a graph…

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