The Pros And Cons Of Capital Punishment In The United States

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Even though capital punishment was not widely accepted by United States citizens in 1968, by the 1990s, 75-80 percent of all Americans supported capital punishment. In more recent years, capital punishment has been supported by many politicians and judges. In 1972, Furman v. Georgia found that capital punishment was in violation of the 8th amendment, so it was unconstitutional for juries to be allowed to decide whether or not someone received the penalty of capital punishment in an arbitrary and discriminatory way. The decision made by this court case did not make capital punishment illegal, but it tried to limit the amount of executions. After the Gregg v. Georgia decision in 1976, around 600 people have been executed as a result of capital …show more content…
Many Americans, especially politicians, are concerned with reducing and preventing crime in whatever means possible, especially in recent years. This can be seen through different laws that have been set in place that give significantly harsh punishments and speed up judicial processes. Even though capital punishment can be thought to reduce crime through some research, others contest that capital punishment is not actually benefitting the public. Both the advantages and disadvantages of this issue should not be overlooked or ignored, and it is important to investigate both sides to this demanding …show more content…
Even though it is important to keep the death penalty5, there should be better regulations in place. Every system is bound to have a few flaws, but it is v important to reduce the flaws of one that determines whether or not an individual lives or dies. One key flaw of the current system is the fact that there are a skewed number of minorities and poorer people who receive the death penalty. Another flaw is the different policies state by state. Even though these people are guilty of the crimes, the numbers should be proportional to the rest of society. While taking World Regions, Boyer explains a key feature of what determines if a place is a government or country is that the government is allowed to kill its own people in certain circumstances. This is important, and it is our moral obligation as a society to take whatever measures necessary to keep our innocent people as safe as

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