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In society today there are many unavoidable issues that can change the way life is lived One that comes to mine is crime and with crime has to come some type of punishment Generally there are three purposes distinguished for punishment deterrence retribution and rehabilitation In the case of capital punishment only the first two apply There has been extensive research into the issue of weather capital punishment served a deterrent function Neapolitan 195 Thus there has been a growing interest in capital punishment Research There are two different views a person can have on this they can be for or against capital punishment Then again people have different views for different types of capital punishment Research in this area is few and far between However the study that has been done provided a great deal of information about differences between supports and opponents of capital punishment with respect to demographic variables such as age gender and religion and with respect to personality variable such as dogmatism and conservatism In addition it has been found that much of the variance in support of and in opposition to capital punishment can be accounted of by the variance in perception of capital punishment as an effective deterrent There has been very few empirical study of the difference between supporters and opponents whose positions are based on the perception of how well capital punishment serves the retributive function even though there has been much speculation and theoretical argument about this issue Neapolitan gave three functions of retributive punishment Punishment also defined social boundaries vindicates norms and provides an outlet for the psychological tensions aroused by deviant acts 196 Those who argue that capital punishment serves and is at least in part justified by its retributive function maintain that it serves these functions They say it reaffirm and strengthens the value place on human life and that supports for capital punishment stems from respect for life Many supporters also
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