Capital Punishment History of Capital Punishment Capital Punishment, also known as the death penalty, has been aroundsince Eighteenth Century B.C King Hammaurabi made 25 differnet crimes punishable by death. Capital punishment moved to America in 1608 A.D. when captainKendall was executed. The death penalty had the most change during the 20th Century. Support for the death penalty reaches all time low in 1966.
Pro Death PenaltyA deterrent to those who might commit a crime. No one wants to die, so the death penalty being the punishment for murder prevents murder The stronger the penalty for someone’s actions the greater deterrent
Pro Death Penalty continuedThe Death Penalty saves lives By putting murderers to death you can save future lives. People will think twice about killing someone if they know that the death penalty is the punishment.
Pro Death Penalty continuedSense of conclusion the family feels Once a criminal is put to death the family can finally feel free of the murderer who killed their loved one The safety and relief a family gets when the criminal is put to death is far better than life in prison.
Pro Death Penalty continued Overcrowding in jails Overcrowding in jails has become a big problem recently. Criminals who’s crimes are considered to be of low danger are having their sentences shortened to deal with jail overcrowding. By making the death penalty procedure faster you can help this problem of jail overcrowding. Cost 27.5 billion tax payer dollars in 2011 to incarcerate this many inmates.
No Death Penalty Cost of Putting someone to death Death penalty is 2.5 times more costly than to put someone in prison for life. Cost of multiple trials and the cost of appeals. The extra cost of putting someone to death gives the option of just putting someone in prison without the possibility of parole.
No Death Penalty continued Putting someone to death who is innocent The chance of putting someone to death who is falsely accused. The chance of someone incorrectly accused being put to death outweighs putting the right criminal to death Since 1973, one hundred thirty people have been released form death row due to evidence that shows their wrongful conviction.
No Death Penalty continued Publicity of crime The publicity of a crime and the long trials that come with it cause more crimes. Life in Prison is more of a deterrent than the Death Penalty
No Death Penalty Continued Rehabilitation Failure By putting someone to death it does not give them time to acknowledge their mistakes. The murder does not have the ability to ask for forgiveness. Death of a murderer does not bring back a loved one.
Conclusion In conclusion both sides have strong arguments, and it is very important to understand both sides of the argument before you decide your stance on the topic.