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Capital Punishment is an Unlawful and Ineffective Deterrent to Murder The United States is one of the few countries left in the world to practice the savage and immoral punishment of death Retentionists argue that the consequence of death prevents people from committing the crime of murder It is proven that the death penalty does not deter persons from committing murder nor does it serve as an example of the consequences of capital crimes to society Furthermore it is impossible to guarantee that the criminal justice system will not discriminate against or execute the innocent Above all the methods of execution are horrifying and barbaric as well as the devaluing of a human life We must realize that the life of a murderer is worth as much as the life of the victim An indecent justice one that takes human lives based on ideals of vengeance and violence is an immoral system that is unacceptable The most widely used argument in support of capital punishment is that the consequence of execution influences criminal behavior more effectively than imprisonment does Against the Death Penalty Although the argument may sound reasonable in reality the death penalty fails as a deterrent First punishment can only be a useful deterrent if it is rational and immediately used Capital punishment cannot meet those conditions The number of first degree murderers who are sentenced to death is small and of this group an even smaller number of people are eventually executed Moreover the possibility of increasing the number of convicted murderers sentenced to death and executed by requiring mandatory death sentences was declared unconstitutional in 1976 Jewett 2 National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty Murder and other crimes of violence are not always premeditated For example gang violence drive by shootings and kidnaping for ransom are serious crimes that continue to be committed because the criminal thinks he
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