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Against Capital Punishment Most people would say that the punishment should fit the crime but can anyone really justify murdering someone simply because they deserved it The main argument for capital punishment is that it puts people off committing murder There have been many studies attempting to prove this but no one has managed to prove that capital punishment deters murderers more that a long jail sentence does In fact in the USA most states without the death penalty have less murders than states with the death penalty People believe that this is because capital punishment promotes violence as a way of dealing with anger Also capital punishment is usually only used for planned murders and the people who commit these murders generally think that it is impossible for them to be caught This makes any deterrence ineffective People also say that killing a murderer is the best form of revenge for the murder victims family In reality a life sentence would be worse for a convict because they could never get away from what they had done Killing a murderer hurts his family in the same way as the same way as the murderer hurt the victims family and I dont think there are many people who would want to put an innocent person through that pain Killing a murderer will not bring back his victim I dont think there is any point in capital punishment because giving someone a life sentence is much less hassle and it is less expensive Murder trials that involve capital punishment cost up to 2 million dollars more than normal murder trials This is because the trial has to take so long Each execution takes about 10 years and costs American taxpayers 32 million dollars In the last 5 years over 300 people have been executed in the USA This is about 1000 million dollars The trials have to take so long to
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