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Why Capital Punishment Should be Abolished Contrary to popular belief the death penalty does not act as a deterrent to criminals As stated by Alfred Blumstein Expert after expert and study after study has shown the lack of correlation between the threat of the death penalty and the occurrence of violent crimes Blumstein 68 Isaac Ehrlichs 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 8060 murders and 6 executions However in the last year of the study there were 22520 murders committed and only 1 execution performed Blumstein 54 This clearly shows that many violent criminals are not afraid of the capital punishment Abolitionists believe the offenders should be required to compensate the victims family with the offenders own income from employment or community service There is no doubt that someone can do more alive than dead By work ing the criminal inadvertently pays back society and also their victim andor victims family This could be considered a form of slavery to some but it is no different from the days of being sent to the yard to break stone One of the most well known examples of the criminal contributing to the betterment of society is the case Leopld and Loeb They were nineteen years old when they committed The Crime of the Century In 1924 they kidnapped and murdered a fourteen-year-old boy Bobby Franks just to see how it would feel to kill someone They were both spared the death penalty and sentenced to life imprisonment 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 ProjectBedau 193 An inestimable amount of people were directly helped by Leopold and Loeb
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