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Capital Punishment is the ultimate denial of human rights There are strong indications that rather than deterring violence it increases peoples tolerance of and tendency toward violence Though capital punishment does not deter capital crimes it does constitute a uniquely cruel and degrading punishment Its imposition forever deprives a potentially innocent individual the benefits of new evidence or a new law that might warrant the reversal of a conviction or the setting aside of a death sentence In addition the cost of executing a person in the US is far higher than the cost of imprisoning him or her for life States wishing to condemn cruel and inhuman acts of killing do not serve their purpose by repeating the act of killing The average homicide rate in the 13 states without the death penalty is lower than the average homicide rate in the 37 states where it is legal Between 1972 and 1990 the homicide rate in Michigan which has no death penalty was generally as low or lower than the neighboring state of Indiana which restored the death penalty in 1973 The US Bowers- Pierce study analyzing executions between 1907 and 1963 concluded that an average of two additional homicides were committed in the month after an execution they also noted a brutalizing effect on society resulting from executions According to FBI statistics the murder rate in some states which use the death penalty is twice that of some states which do not use the death penalty Between 1976 and 1985 almost twice as many law enforcement officers were killed in death penalty states as were killed in states that dont use the death penalty The death penalty has not proven its worth to society study after study has shown that it fails to deter crime no credible body of evidence contradicts them Capital punishment is pre- meditated killing and like all killing involves a cruel and violent assault on the human
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