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Several of the reasons put forward for capital punishment have to do with the protection of society Certain criminals must die the defenders of the death penalty argue so the rest of us can be safe or at least saferHow do the deaths of some criminals protect the rest of us In several ways according to the death penaltys proponents On one level the execution of dangerous criminals can be seen as a simple matter of self-defense because at the very least death stops executed criminals from ever repeating their crimes Death penalty is a fair punishment for murder because vicious criminals are like rabid animals that must be destroyed There is no way to cure them of their disease which makes them attack and kill others Why not simply get rid of them before they kill or injure someone else As the scientist Albert Einstein once suggested There is no reason why society should not rid itself of individuals proved socially harmfulRobert E Crowe the Illinois states attorney who demanded the death sentence for the infamous Chicago murderers Leopold and Loeb was a great supporter of capital punishment I urge capital punishment for murder he once explained not because I believe that society wishes to take the life of a murderer but because society does not wish to lose its ownIt is the finality of the death penalty which instills fear in the heart of every murderer and it is this fear of punishment which protects societyIn other words Crowe wanted Leopold and Loebe to die not to protect society from them but to protect society from others who might come after them This is probably the most common of all the arguments made for the death penalty--- the belief that the deaths of some criminals will deter others from committing similar crimes Some people believe so long as a prisoner is alive there is some risk that he will
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