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Capital Punishment Currently the United States is one of the only western democratic systems that still has capital punishment in the books Only America remains committed to this brutal form of punishment America believes in freedom and democracy but continues this dehumanizing process and wont face the facts and remove this evil process from society The only goal of capital punishment is revenge It is not deterrence of crime as the death penalty has been proven not to deter crime It is not financial responsibility as the death penalty costs the taxpayers millions of dollars more than life imprisonment The people who commit such crimes should spend life in prison thinking about whom they harmed and what it did to the families involved The death penalty does more harm than good Capital punishment has quite a history first influenced by Britain When European settlers came to the new world they brought the practice of capital punishment In 1612 Virginia Governor Sir Thomas Dale enacted the Divine Moral and Martial Laws which provided the death penalty for even minor offenses such as stealing grapes killing chickens and trading with Indians Laws regarding the death penalty varied from colony to colony This tradition has gone in and out with the times In such a modern society people would not expect to find such barbaric behavior The first question people ask is does the death penalty really deter crime They want you to believe the answer to that question is yes But in fact it is NO It is already known that the US is the only Western nation that still allows the death penalty and we also have one of the highest crime rates During the 1980s death penalty states averaged an annual rate of 75 criminal homicides per 100000 while abolition states averaged a rate of 74 per 100000 This means murder was actually more common in states that use the death penalty Even police
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