Why Capital Punishment Should be Abolished Essay

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Why Capital Punishment Should be Abolished
Contrary to popular belief, the death penalty does not act as a deterrent to criminal behavior. As stated by Alfred Blumstein, "Expert after expert and study after study has shown the lack of correlation between the treatment of the death penalty and the occurrence of violent crimes." (Blumstein 68)
Isaac Ehrlich's study on the limiting effects of capital punishment in America reveals this to the public. The study spans twenty-five years, from 1957 till 1982, and shows that in the first year the study, was conducted, there were 8,060 murders and 6 executions. However, in the last year of the study there were 22,520 murders committed and only
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(Bedau 78) Together their accomplishments included working in hospitals, teaching the illiterate how to read, creating a correspondence school, writing a grammar book, and making significant developments in the World War II Malaria Project.(Bedau 193) "An inestimable amount of people were directly helped by Leopold and Loeb, both of them made a conscious commitment to atone their crimes by serving others."(Bedau 217)
The most widely used form of execution has been electrocution. With this method of executing a prisoner, the individual is strapped to a chair along with electrodes attached all over the body. The executioner then proceeds to "throw the switch" sending vast amounts of electricity flowing throughout the prisoner. During this period, the prisoners flesh burns and the body shakes violently from the overdose of electricity. When it is all over, smoke is often seen coming from the head of the corpse. (Ernest Van den Haag 135)
Officials often defend this punishment as not being cruel and unusual, but how can they defend the opinion in the case of John Evans who was executed by electrocution in 1983? According to witnesses at the scene of the death of Mr. Evans, he was given three charges of electricity over a period of fourteen minutes. After the first and second charges, Mr. Evans was still conscious and smoke was coming from all over his body, as a result from his flesh burning. An official at the prison even tried to

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