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This page aims to discuss capital punishment as rationally as possible I propose to presentinformation which may help people make up their minds about whether or not capitalpunishment keeps them safe makes economic sense or provides a satisfactory closure for thevictims of homicide How if at all this information affects your response either emotional orpolitical to capital punishment remains entirely up to you The questions of fact concerning capital punishment fall into three general areas doescapital punishment freeing social resources for better purposes than warehousing and feedingmurders or does it actually cost more consuming resources that could go into preventing crimeDoes capital punishment strike fear into offenders saving innocent lives by would-be killersAnd finally the courts make mistakes what does capital punishment mean to an innocentThese questions fit together to define a complex problem If experience showed capitalpunishment saved lives by deterring offenders the cost would not matter a certainty that capitalpunishment would save innocent lives might even make the risk of wrongful convictionsacceptable If no risk at all existed of an error by the courts the question of whether capitalpunishment saves innocent lives by deterring murder might matter less And we cannot limit thecost of capital punishment simply to money since society has limited resources and can onlyspend so much on criminal justice A society that spends money on executions cant spend thatmoney on police officers courts or jails to say nothing of schools vocational programs orother measures aimed at preventing crime If the broader public view of capital punishment does not reflect the reality how doescapital punishment work in the United States How do alternative systems work in countriessuch as Canada And if of responses to murder and the effect of those responses differ fromFinally does no response but reason have any place in the debate over capitalpunishment The offences which attract capital statutes and death sentences include the mostheinous appalling and disgusting acts Does have no legitimate part to play in
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