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Death Penalty Most crimes committed in the United States are usually handled by a fine sentence of time in jail or execution in some cases However the death penalty is the most questionable punishment Is it morally right Is it effective in deterring crime primarily murders Whether or not you agree if it is moral or not one fact remains The death penalty is not an effective way to deter crime The death penalty is inefficient and that is what brings me to argue against it The death penalty has existed as long as humans have existed In the middle ages fines public humiliation and imprisonment were appropriate punishments for all crimes and death penalty for all murders Today Federal law states that the death penalty is to be enforced with convicted criminals for treason deserting armed forces during wartime murder committed by a soldier kidnapping and murder that involves crossing state lines murder committed during an airplane hijacking and of course certain types of homicide Crimes 408 The death penalty is also called for punishment of for attempting to kill anyone investigating or prosecuting his or her activities advising directing authorizing or assisting in the murder of someone Also The Anti-Drug abuse act of 1988 calls for the death penalty for all drugs related killings Along with that controlled substances act calls for the death penalty or life imprisonment for certain drug offences such as possession of 10 or more kg of heroin cocaine phencyclidine or analogue Even though there are these federal laws requiring the use of the death penalty for the crimes Most State laws only consider one crime murder to be a capital offense Crimes 405 In the United States alone there have been 4047 executions since 1930 and 188 were from 1977-1996 In 1996 there were a total of 15168100 arrests 33050 for forcible rape 1506200 involving drug violations and 19020 for murder and non-negligent manslaughter The death
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