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Capital Punishment Capital punishment originates in America all the way back to the eighteenth century Colonist living in those times would be put to death for denying the true God or for petty theft Back then they took the death penalty a lot less lightly then the thought and debate it is known for now They believed if you committed a crime that was heinous enough you deserved to have your rights stripped of you and be put to death almost immediately Now the journey of being put to death goes through many delays and averages over a decade Whether or not capital punishment should be used in America has become a very controversial issue and justice can not be served until the debate on capital punishment is resolved and all states have come to agree that the death penalty is the best way to stop crime completely Capital punishment deters murder and is just retribution Capital punishment is the execution of criminals by the state for committing crimes in which death is the only acceptable punishment Capital punishment does not only lower the murder rate but its value as retribution alone is a good reason for handing out death sentences Support for the death penalty has risen in America to an average of 80 according to an article written by Richard Worsnop entitled Death penalty debate centers on retribution Maybe people are starting to realize how the existence of the death penalty affects the crime and culture in America The main reason why the death penalty needs to be exercised is the fact that it is a deterrent of crime It deters murder and other serious crimes by putting the fear of death into would be killers and criminals A person is less likely to do something if he or she thinks that harm will come to him as a consequence of his action Another way the death penalty
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