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The Death Penalty By Amanda Allen Capital punishment has been a cause for debate for many years and people continue to disagree on the topic There are many reasons why the death penalty should be used but the three most important are that it deters potential murderers from committing crimes it saves our government money in the long run and most importantly it guarantees that these convicted murderers will not kill again Why does the United States need capital punishment The main purpose of the death penalty is to protect the rights of other Americans to live In his book The Law Federic Bastiat writes humans have inalienable rights that existed outside of and before government These rights are life liberty and property The only legitimate purpose of government is to protect these rights When one person infringes on anothers rights he must be punished To do this the punishment must be harsh enough to deter potential criminalsBastiat This punishment is of the harshest form but it is nec essary to maintain order Is capital punishment in fact a deterrent Studies show that it most definitely is In fact of the fourteen states that have at one time or another abolished the death penalty murder has increased by seven percent Likewise a study by Stephen K Layton at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill showed that each execution in the United States deters an average of eighteen murdersLowe If the death penalty were in-acted in a swifter manner it would most likely deter even better The average amount of time spent on death row is ten years John McAdams a professor of Political Science at Marquette University sums it up best If we execute murderers and there is in fact no deterrent effect we have killed a bunch of murderers If we fail to execute murderers and in so doing would in fact have deterred other murders we have allowed
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