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Currently the United States is the only western democracy that still has capital punishment on the books Even South Africa has eliminated it The United States is left with such company as Libya Iran and Iraq America where freedom and democracy are firmly entrenched remains committed to this brutal and dehumanizing form of punishment The goal of the death penalty is revenge It is not a deterrence of crime as the death penalty has been proven not to deter crime Capital punishment is nothing more than an outlet for the bloodlust of the American people Capital punishment is unjust and it is not an effective deterrent of crime Does the government have the right to kill A policeman defending the safety of the public by firing on an armed and dangerous criminal might have that right Suppose we apply the same standards to the government that we have for civilians A civilian at home can legally shoot at an intruder but if the civilian catches the intruder incapacitates him and then shoots him that act would be considered murder That is what capital punishment is--murder Also capital punishment is an unjust punishment Currently the death penalty is divided along racial lines In Georgia a person accused of killing a white person was 43 times more likely to be sentenced to death than a person accused of killing a black person Hood 25 Arkansas Illinois North Carolina and Mississippi showed similar statistics Also each year only two percent of death sentences are given to women Since 1608 three percent of the 19000 confirmed executions in the United States were women Hood 37 Finally the death penalty does not deter crime Proponents for the death penalty argue that the death penalty deters violent crimes Statistics show the opposite The United States is the only Western nation that still allows the death penalty and it still has one of the highest crime rates In the 1980s
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