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The death penalty for years has served as a castigation for the evil-minded individuals who unlawfully take the life of another human being Putting to death people judged to have committed certain extremely heinous crimes is a practice of ancient standing throughout the world Disagreements about the death penalty usually turn on issues of fairness morality and effectiveness The death penalty is a non-costly deterrent to crime Although capital punishment has been inflicted in a relatively small number of cases for comparatively small time period there subsequently has been an immediate decrease in murder A study from Oregon State University shows the statistics proving that these cases did decrease the rate of murders Ortman 7 Those who argue against capital punishment should bear in mind that where capital punishment has actually been inflicted this has been the result But according to Mark Costanzo PhD Capital punishment has never been given a fair trial throughout this country over a sufficient period of time and in a sufficient number of cases to justify the assumption that it is not a deterrent of murderCostanzo 147 It has been proven a deterrent of murder according to the statistics published by Costanzo which stated that the average murder rate in states with the death penalty was 864 for every 100000 people and in states without the death penalty the rate was 535 99 The cost of the death penalty is another issue that needs addressing Many people seem to think that by killing a person the public is saving money However in reality a prisoner on death row is more expensive when holding them in prison without the possibility of parole According to Richard Dieters article capital cases cost at least 26 million more per execution in some states The expense comes from the long drawn out appeals process that we are giving our criminals and the court appointed attorneys that the poor are receiving Although a purely economic
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