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The Death Penalty The death penalty has always been and continues to be a very controversial issue People on both sides of the issue argue endlessly to gain further support for their movements While opponents of capital punishment are quick to point out that the United States remains one of the few Western countries that continues to support the death penalty Americans are also more likely to encounter violent crime than citizens of other countries Brownlee 31 Justice mandates that criminals receive what they deserve The punishment must fit the crime If a buglar deserves imprisonment then a murderer deserves death Winters 168 The death penalty is necessary and the only punishment suitable for those convicted of capital offenses Seventy-five percent of Americans support the death penalty according to Turner because it provides a deterrent to some would-be murderers and it also provides for moral and legal justice 83 Deterrence is a theory It asks what the effects are of a punishment does it reduce the crime rate and makes testable predictions punishment reduces the crime rate compared to what it would be without the credible threat of punishment Van Den Haag 29 The detterent effect of any punishment depends on how quicklythe punishment is applied Worsnop 16 Exections are so rare and delayed for so long in comparison th the number of capitol offeses committed that statistical correlations cannot be expected Winters 104 The number of potential murders that are deterred by the threat of a death penalty may never be known just as it may never be known how many lives are saved with it However it is known that the death penalty does definately deter those who are executed Life in prision without the possibility of parole is the alternative to execution presented by those that consider words to be equal to reality Nothing prevents the people sentenced in this way from being paroled under later laws or later
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