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The United states is the only western democracy that still practices capital punishment There have been over 4050 executions since 1930 In 1994 alone there were 257 executions in the United States People who believe in capital punishment say that this dehumanizing process deters crime This is false because the death penalty has been proven NOT to deter crime In fact during the 1980s states practicing the death penalty averaged an annual rate of 75 criminal homicides per 100000 while abolition states averaged a rate of 74 per 100000 That means murder was actually MORE common in states that use the death penalty Criminals irrationally perform crimes therefore life imprisonment ought to deter a rational person itself Besides no criminal commits a crime if he believes he will be caught The death penalty is morally incorrect Why do governments kill people to show other people that killing is wrong Would society allow rape as the penalty for rape or the burning of arsonists homes as the penalty for arson Every time we execute someone we sink to the same level as the common killer What is the difference between the state killing and an individual killing The end result is the sameone more dead body one more set of grieving parents and one more cemetery slot Every time we execute someone we are desensitizing the value of human life The death penalty is not now nor has it ever been a more economical alternative to life imprisonment A study by the New York State Defenders Association showed that the cost of a capital trial ALONE is more than double the cost of life imprisonment They also concluded that a death penalty case costs approximately 42 percent more than a case resulting in a non-death sentence Since 1976 the United States has spent 700 million dollars in it Another reason to get rid of the death penalty is the possibility of error
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