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Advocating the Death Penalty Thousands of people will attack the death penalty They will give emotional speeches about the one innocent man or woman who might accidentally get an execution sentence However all of these people are forgetting one crucial element They are forgetting the thousands of victims who die every year by the hands of heartless murderers There are more murderers out there than people who are wrongly convicted and that is what we must remember I as well as many others have total confidence in the death penalty It is a very beneficial component of our justice system The death penalty saves lives It saves lives because it stops those who murder from ever murdering again It also deters potential murderers from ever committing the crime Unfortunately the death penalty is currently used so rarely that it isnt nearly as effective as it could be In order for it to work we must put it into practice more often In recent years crime in America has been on the rise in particular violent crime This has led not only to an overcrowding of prisons in our country but also to an increase in the number of death sentences handed down by the courts Despite the fact that the number of inmates on death row is climbing the number of death sentences actually carried out in any given year lags far behind People simply arent fearful of the death penalty when it isnt used the way it should be Stewart 50 If the death penalty has been declared legal then the federal and state governments must employ it to its fullest as a means of stopping previous murderers from recommitting their crimes Since most of the prisoners on death row are there for murder executing them would ensure that they would never kill again Obsessive murderers who know no alternative to killing need to be executed to protect both prison guards and
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