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Capital Punishment Deters Murder and Is Just Retribution Capital punishment is the execution of criminals by the state for committing crimes regarded so heinous that this 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 in the US has risen to an average of 80 according to an article written by Richard Worsnop entitled Death penalty debate centres on Retribution this figure is slightly lower in Canada where support for the death penalty is at 72 of the population over 18 years of age as stated in article by Kirk Makir in the March 26 1987 edition of the Globe and Mail titled BC MPs split on Death Penalty The death penalty deters murder by putting the fear of death into would be killers A person is less likely to do something if he or she thinks that harm will come to him Another way the death penalty deters murder is the fact that if the killer is dead he will not be able to kill again Most supporters of the death penalty feel that offenders should be punished for their crimes and that it does not matter whether it will deter the crime rate Supporters of the death penalty are in favour of making examples out of offenders and that the threat of death will be enough to deter the crime rate but the crime rate is irrelevant According to Isaac Ehrlichs study published on April 16 1976 eight murders are deterred for each execution that is carried out in the USA He goes on to say If one execution of a guilty capital murderer deters the murder of one innocent life the execution is justified To most supporters of the
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