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BY Katie Lynn FoxCapital PunishmentCapital Punishment is the ultimate denial of human rights There are strong indicationsthat rather than deterring violence it increases peoples tolerance of and tendencytoward violence Though capital punishment does not deter capital crimes it doesconstitute a uniquely cruel and degrading punishment Its imposition foreverdeprives a potentially innocent individual the benefits of new evidence or a new law thatmight warrant the reversal of a conviction or the setting aside of a death sentence Inaddition the cost of executing a person in the US is far higher than the cost ofimprisoning him or her for life States wishing to condemn cruel and inhuman acts ofkilling do not serve their purpose by repeating the act of killingThe average homicide rate in the 13 states without the death penalty is lower than theaverage homicide rate in the 37 states where it is legal Between 1972 and 1990 thehomicide rate in Michigan which has no death penalty was generally as low or lower thanthe neighboring state of Indiana which restored the death penalty in 1973 The USBowers- Pierce study analyzing executions between 1907 and 1963 concluded that an averageof two additional homicides were committed in the month after an execution they alsonoted a brutalizing effect on society resulting from executions According toFBI statistics the murder rate in some states which use the death penalty is twice that ofsome states which do not use the death penalty Between 1976 and 1985 almost twice asmany law enforcement officers were killed in death penalty states as were killed in statesthat dont use the death penalty The death penalty has not proven its worth tosociety study after study has shown that it fails to deter crime no credible body of evidence contradicts themCapital punishment is pre- meditated killing and like all killing involves a cruel andviolent assault on the human body If administering 100 volts of electricity to the mostsensitive parts of a mans body is rightly condemned as torture
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