The Death Penalty is Effective Essay

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The Death Penalty is Effective

Capital Punishment in this country is a very controversial issue, and has been for quite some time. The history of the death penalty in America dates all the ways back to 1622, where Daniel Frank was executed in the Colony of Virginia for the crime of theft. (UAA) Many more unrecorded executions occurred until the U.S. Bureau of Justice statistics began keeping track in 1930. During that time, there was an average of about 150 executions per year. That number rose until about 1938 then began to decline until 1967, when executions in the U.S. came to a halt. There was no law or court ruling that resulted in this, it was more of a self-induced moratorium on the state level. The legal and moral
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That is after all a primary purpose of the justice system. After reviewing this broad spectrum of fractions, capital punishment is the most effective method of justice for punishing convicted murderers.

Despite the dozens of rulings upholding the legality and constitutionality of Capital Punishment, many still argue against it on the grounds that if it is unconstitutional. The Eighth Amendment to the constitution states ?Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.? (Bill of Rights) It does not define what is considered cruel and punishment, therefore leaving it up to the interpretation of the reader. Often people include the death penalty as one of the cruel and unusual punishments, however Capital Punishment was never meant to be considered cruel or unusual. The Fifth Amendment to the Constitution states ??nor be deprived of life, liberty or property, without due process of law.? This amendment was passed at the exact same time as the Eighth Amendment. ?This clearly permits the death penalty to be imposed, and establishes beyond doubt that the death penalty is not one of the ?cruel and unusual punishments?? prohibited by the Eighth Amendment. (Scalia, 3) Justice Scalia?s explanation for why people argue against Capital Punishments legality and constitutionality is that those people are very passionate about their feelings. He says

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