The Death Penalty Essay: Pro Capital Punishment

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Pro Capital Punishment

In 1976, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that the death penalty should be an option for courts involved in the most brutal criminal cases. Since this decision, 1,389 people have been executed, and today there are still 3,035 death row inmates awaiting their execution (Mitchell, 32). The death penalty has been very controversial for many years, and each side seems to have equal support. Personally, I am a steadfast supporter of the death penalty and the beneficial effects it has on our society. My unyielding support is driven by a multitude of factors, including the horrific stories I hear on the news every day. If the death penalty is abolished, it is one less thing for criminals to worry about. It takes away a method
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Since society has the highest interest in preventing murder, it should use the most severe punishment available, the death penalty. If murderers are sentenced to death and executed, potential murderers will think twice before killing as it would result in the loss of their own life as well.” (Lifton, 102). In a test that Isaac Ehrlich used in 1973, he found that for every one person that was executed, seven lives were spared due to fear of the capital punishment. People fear death more than anything else so it proves to be an incredibly effective deterrent to murder and other heinous crimes. The death penalty also increases the number of confessions because when a defendant is threatened with the possibility of the death penalty, he/she is more likely to confess in order …show more content…
According to a study done by the Office of Justice Systems in 2008, 76.6% of criminals reoffended within 5 years of being convicted (Recidivism). Prison time has proven to not be an effective deterrent to crime. If the death penalty was taken away, prisoners who have been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole have nothing to lose. The crimes they commit while in prison could only result in inconsequential punishments. With nothing to fear, they would be even more dangerous than they ever were on the streets. "Of the roughly 52,000 state prison inmates serving time for murder in 1984, an estimated 810 had previously been convicted of murder and had killed 821 persons following their previous murder convictions. Executing each of these inmates would have saved 821 lives." (Pro Death Penalty). Although one violent criminal dies each time the death sentence is used, an innocent life could be saved. Convicted murders have shown that something more than prison time is necessary to stop them from reoffending, and the death penalty is a perfect

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