The Pros And Cons Of The Death Penalty

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Crime control is a major struggle for numerous countries around the world. Citizens usually rate governments based on two major aspects; their ability to improve the country’s economy and their ability to control crime. Crime disrupts and interferes with society's normal functioning. Therefore, it is of utmost importance for government to control crime. In efforts to reduce crime rate governments seek to develop innovative ideas in order to control crime. The death penalty which is synonymous with capital punishment is one such implementation to control the crime rate. Death Penalty is a topic that has sparked numerous debates. There are many ‘schools of thought’ on the concept, some view the death penalty as inhumane, outdated and barbaric,…show more content…
While proponents have argued that death penalty act deterrence for crime, opponents have argued that there is no substantial evidence that prove death penalty is deterrence from crime. This was evidenced by comparing states with death penalty law and those without the death penalty law. According to studies “the murder rate in non-death penalty states has remained consistently lower than the rate in states with the death penalty, and the gap has grown since 1990 ” (Deterrence, 2014). The belief of lex talionis I am a firm believer of this concept if murderers do not respect the life of others why should the law respect theirs. The problem of wrongful execution and racial discrimination, evidences have shown numerous person being taken of death row after being wrongfully accused of crimes they did not commit, also statically evidenced showed that blacks are more likely to be given death penalty than other race. The cost effectiveness of death penalty versus life without parole, to execute someone is cheaper than to support them for a lifetime, while that is true the process in getting the defendant sentenced to death is proven
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