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DEATH PENALTY In 1972 the Supreme Court decide that the death penalty was cruel and unusual punishment according to the eighth amendment The Furman vs Georgia decision stop the death penalty in the United States In 1976 the death penalty was back because of the ruling in Gregg vs Georgia Countless studies have shown that the murder rate has not gone down since capital punishment was reinstated in 1976 In fact it has gone up Capital punishment in this country is an expensive brutal and ineffective deterrent to crime The goal of capital punishment in the United States is one of deterrence People want to put fear in the heart of criminals Law makers thought that by having the death penalty it would make people think about the brutal crime before they commit it Which is not working Another reason for the death penalty is to keep violent criminals away from the rest of society but by keeping someone in jail for the rest of their lives would do the same thing Some people believe that since criminals cant live with the rest of us that they should die Since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976 the execution per year has gone up so has the murder rate It has also been shown that states with the death penalty have high murder rates then ones without In States with the death penalty the murder rate increases during an execution year then a non-execution year The death penalty comes down to one thing brutality we are encouraging more murders by executing criminals By killing a criminal we are stooping to their level We are solving a problem by killing it This is sending out a message the way to solve your problems is to kill When the state starts to show more respect for human life so will the citizens It cost up to three times more money to keep someone on death
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