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Murder is Murder Capital punishment has been a controversial topic almost since its inception Since biblical times an eye for an eye or a tooth for a tooth has been the established norm for retribution As society advanced the methods of capital punishment became more civilized However the result remains the same legally sanctioned death Reform of automatic death sentences began in Europe in the 1750s The social reformers and English law reformers of that time argued that the death penalty was needlessly cruel overrated as a deterrent and occasionally imposed in fatal error The social reformers proposed life imprisonment as a more humane alternative The social reformers proposal is consistent with my opinion Any death of any person is wrong The general populations opinion is that capital punishment permanently removes the worst criminals from society and is less expensive and safer for society than long-term or permanent incarceration It is evident that dead criminals cannot commit any more crimes However the same is true for criminals serving life sentences Most people would think it is less expensive to execute a person rather than keep them in prison which is not always true It is estimated that a capital case resulting in execution may cost 2000000 However life imprisonments 20000 a year is comparable Of course we would think that execution would not be expensive but the legal fees appeals and the court cost make execution very costly It is simply not cost effective Furthermore the fact that a person is convicted of a murder and sentenced to death does not always mean he or she is guilty There are many people who are wrongly accused What if someone is innocent and they are wrongly executed There is no possible way to compensate for his or her wrongful death In some cases a person convicted of the murder actually killed the victim and admitted to it but
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