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Whats the Price for Death The death penalty is the most inhumane cruel and degrading form of punishment The effectiveness of the death penalty has never been proven to be a deterrence of crime then any other form of punishment Execution is irreversible and can be inflicted on the innocent The cost of one person on death row far exceeds that of a person in prison for life Race is also a factor in sentencing a person to death Lastly political influence is a factor in which a person lives or dies Since the founding of our government putting a person to death for murder and until recently rape has been the only cure More than 13000 people have been legally executed since colonial times As many as 150 people were executed a year by the 1930s By 1967 legal challenges and public outrage halted executions pending several courts challenged outcomes During that time the rise or fall in murders did not change In the 1972 Furman vs Georgia the Supreme Court retracted hundreds of scheduled executions citing state laws were applied in an unjustly manner violating the Eighth Amendments prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment and the Fourteenth Amendments guarantees of equal protection of the laws due process In 1976 in Gregg vs Georgia the Court reinstated the death penalty It ruled that the penalty does not invariably violated the Constitution if it is administered without prejudice Capital punishment laws were reenacted in several states Thirty-seven states have laws authorizing the death penalty including the military In the mid-west and northeast a dozen states have abolished capital punishment Most executions are taken place in the Deep South Texas being the leader Social science research has illustrated that the death penalty does not deter crime States that have reenacted the death penalty have the same crime and murder rate as those who have chosen to abolish the death penalty
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