The Death Penalty Is Not Necessary Essay

1473 Words Oct 24th, 2016 6 Pages
Capital punishment, commonly referred to as the death penalty, has been used 1,483 times since 1976, as a punishment for some of America 's most violent criminals. This form of punishment should be abolished for 3 reasons; It does not seem to have any effect on crime rates, It has negative effects on families, society, & the individual, and it is morally and logically inconsistent.

Starting off, the death penalty is not necessary because it has no effect on the deterrence of crime. First we can see that the death penalty is ineffective in lowering murder rates. "88% of the country 's top criminologists do not believe the death penalty acts as a deterrent to homicide."(Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology). Supporters of the death penalty may believe that it may play a part in curbing rates of homicide, as violent crime has lowered tremendously over the years and continues to do so. Violent crime rates are down, but due to a variety of different reasons that exclude capital punishment. It can also be said that capital punishment does not help to raise violent crime either. Therefore, a supporter may claim capital punishment doesn 't need to have any effect on crime rates, and does not need to be abolished, as crime rates are doing fine as is. If crime rates are in fact doing so well for reasons other than capital punishment, wouldn 't it make much more sense to fund the improvement of these strategies so that crime will continue to lower, instead of funding something…

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