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When New York States governor George Pataki took office in 1995 crime dropped in total of 45 and the murder rate dropped by 13 As of September 1st 1995 the death penalty was reinstated in the state of New York assuring safer communities and fewer victims and an over all drop in crime rate People have used a number of arguments to support their views regarding the death penalty Among the arguments used include deterrence incapacitation religious viewpoint rehabilitation and cost Yet it is suggested that the true judgement of a persons position on capital punishment is determined by emotional and moral beliefsThe primary questions raised by the death penalty are whether it is an effective deterrent to violent crime and whether it is more effective than the long-term incapacitation Defenders of the death penalty believe that by taking an offenders life is a more severe punishment than any prison term it must be the better deterrent A life term is commonly a short vacation at State expense with nothing to do but eat the fruit of others industry Opposing p43 The term deterrence is used to suggest that with the execution of murderers there will be a direct decrease in homicide rate due to the idea that potential murderers will fear for their own lives Under New Yorks death penalty law offenders involving murder of a police officer a probation parole court or corrections officer a judge or a witness or members of witnesss family Also those who murder while already serving life in prison escaping from prison or committing other serious felonies as well contract killers serial murderers those who torture their victims and those who have murdered before It is criminals and crimes like these that impose fear in our communities Due to change in sentencing laws and other weaknesses in the system society is not protected from acts of crime In 1962 James
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