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Capital Punishment is the infliction of the death penalty on persons convicted of a crime Americana 596 Killing convicted felons has been one of the most widely practiced forms of criminal punishment in the United States Currently the states that do not practice the death penalty are Alaska Hawaii Iowa Kansas Maine Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota New Jersey North Dakota Ohio Rhode Island West Virginia and Wisconsin But for the remaining states that still do practice the death penalty it has been a topic of debate for many years There are two parties who argue over its many points including whether or not it is a fitting and adequate punishment whether or not it acts as a deterrent to crime or whether or not it is morally wrong These two classes of people can be grouped together as the retentionists or the proponents and the abolitionists or the opponents 596 For the retentionists the main reasons they are in support of the death penalty are to take revenge to deter others and to punish They are most concerned with the protection of society from dangerous criminals In spite of all this however the death penalty is not a good form of criminal punishment for many reasons it is morally wrong it does not act as a deterrent for crime it is irreversible and can be done on people who are innocent it is more expensive than imprisonment and those who are convicted commonly use the costly process of appealing the decision and there is no chance to make restitution to the victim andor the victims familyPeople that favor the death penalty agree that capital punishment is relic of barbarism but as murder itself is barbaric they contend that death is a fitting punishment for it Jayewardne 87 Retentionists are most often subscribers to an eye for an eye principle and feel that execution is the only way to satisfy the public as well as themselves Who
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