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Downfalls of Capital Punishment Looking out for the state of the publics satisfaction in the scheme of capital sentencing does not constitute serving justice Todays system of capital punishment is frought with inequalities and injustices The commonly offered arguments for the death penalty are filled with holes It was a deterrent It removed killers It was the ultimate punishment It is biblical It satisfied the publics need for retribution It relieved the anguish of the victims familyGrisham 120 Realistically imposing the death penalty is expensive and time consuming Retroactively it has yet to be proven as a deterrent Morally it is a continuation of the cycle of violence and degrades all who are involved in its enforcement as well as its victimStewart 1 Perhaps the most frequent argument for capital punishment is that of deterrence The prevailing thought is that imposition of the death penalty will act to dissuade other criminals from committing violent acts Numerous studies have been created attempting to prove this belief however all the evidence taken together makes it hard to be confident that capital punishment deters more than long prison terms doCavanagh 4 Going ever farther Bryan Stevenson the executive director of the Montgomery based Equal Justice Initiative has stated that people are increasingly realizing that the more we resort to killing as a legitimate response to our frustration and anger with violence the more violent our society becomesWe could execute all three thousand people on death row and most people would not feel any safer tomorrowFrame 51 In addition with the growing humanitarianism of modern society the number of inmates actually put
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