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Crime and the Death Penalty- For most crimes committed in the United States a fine sentence of time in jail or execution is the punishment However the death penalty is the most questionable punishment Is it morally right Is it effective in deterring crime primarily murders Weather or not you agree if it is moral or not one issue remains The death penalty is not an effective way to deter crime The death penalty has existed as long as humans have existed The quote an eye for an eye is found in the Bible In the middle ages fines public humiliation and imprisonment were appropriate punishments for all crimes and death penalty for all murders Today Federal law states that the death penalty is to be enforced with convicted criminals for treason deserting armed forces during wartime murder committed by a soldier kidnapping and murder that involves crossing state lines murder committed during an airplane hijacking and of course homicide The death penalty is also called for punishment of for attempting to kill anyone investigating or prosecuting his or her activities advising directing authorizing or assisting in the murder of someone Also The Anti-Drug abuse act of 1988 calls for the death penalty for all drug related killings Along with that The bill amending sec 848 to controlled substances act calls for the death penalty or life imprisonment for certain drug offences possession of 10 or more kg of heroin cocaine phencyclidine or analogue Added to that The drug kingpin act sates the use of death penalty for convicted major drug dealers caught with huge quantities of drugs over 66 lbs of heroin and 330 lbs of cocaine Even though there are these federal laws requiring the use of the death
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