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Imagine a man who commits murder once is given a fifteen-year jail sentence and is returned to the streets where he kills again He is imprisoned again only to be released This could happen since almost one in ten death row inmates has been convicted of murder at least once That means that some death row inmates have been given more than one chance to rehabilitate in prison and continue to commit violent crimes Should the United States justice system continue to let violent criminals back on the streets where they are likely to commit murder again Capital punishment is one of the oldest forms of punishment in the world Most societies have thought it to be a fair punishment for severe crimes and it is even mentioned as an appropriate punishment in the Bible American colonists used capital punishment before the United States was a country and most states use it today Currently however there has been a lot of controversy surrounding the death penalty Capital cases are long and expensive and there is no proof to whether capital punishment deters crime For these reasons total abolition may be the best way to resolve the capital punishment controversy If the laws concerning capital punishment were modified however capital punishment could become much cheaper and possibly a lot more effective There is not enough evidence to prove whether or not capital punishment deters crime If the state governments used the death penalty consistently it could become an effective deterrent of violent crime When trying to determine whether capital punishment does deter crime criminologists are forced to compare states that do have capital punishment to those that hardly use it This makes it almost impossible to learn anything from the study If all states used capital punishment consistently with certain crimes it would become easier to see the deterrence effect of capital punishment Capital punishment needs to be implemented in each state and each state
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