Capital Punishment PRO OPPOSED The process of lethal Death by the state is a injection does not cause violation of the 8th cruel or unusual amendment, which punishment. The first states that no cruel or injection renders the unusual punishment offender unconscious, shall be inflicted. the second paralyzes the offender, and the third injection stops the offenders heart.
Statistics PRO OPPOSED Data from 3,000 counties According to the Death between the years of Penalty Information 1977-1996, show that Center, Non-Death with each execution, 18 Penalty states have an murders are deterred. almost 25% lower Resulting in 1.5 less murder rate than their murder of Blacks, 1.0 less counterpart. murder of Whites and .5 less murder of Others (Muhilhausen, David. 6-27-07)
Proactive Verse Reactive PRO OPPOSED The belief that the death Since 1973, 141 people penalty will remove have been released from heinous criminals from the death row with society and prevent them evidence of their from committing future innocence. Death is a murders. certainty that cannot be reversed at a later time (Staff. Deathpenaltyinfo.org).
Decisions PRO OPPOSED The fact that the electric Offenders do not think chair deters more murders about the DP when than lethal injection, committing murders. proves that criminals do in Murders are usually crimes fact weigh the of passion, influenced by consequences of their alcohol/drugs, or because actions. of mental illness. People with the intent to kill do not plan on being caught, so they do not rationalize the DP.
Cost of the Death Penalty PRO OPPOSED Family and friends of the On average a DP case victim find that cost cost almost 48% more should not be a factor in than a case seeking life determining the fate of imprisonment. Court the offender. Justice for motions and post the victim should be conviction appeals death and not the ability account for majority of to live a full life in prison. the extra cost (Staff. Deathpenaltyinfo.org).
Conviction to Death PRO OPPOSED The ultimate sentencing The average stay on is the DP and offenders death row is a decade but should have to pay their has been known to debt to society. surpass 20 years. Some see this as two forms of punishment, first is death itself and second is the uncertainty of when they will be executed.
Survey of People PRO OPPOSED According to Gallup’s The Death Penalty is the 2003 survey, 2/3 of ultimate violation of Americans are in favor of human rights by the the Death Penalty. state. The DP is the certainty of death without recourse.
Guilty Verse Not-Guilty PRO OPPOSED The DP gives the Plea bargaining opens prosecution a bargaining the window for false chip to gain guilty confessions in fear of convictions in weaker receiving the Death cases that otherwise Penalty. could end in no conviction at all.
Summary The common ground that both side agree on, is that no innocent person should ever be put to death. There is no set of hard facts that prove that the Death Penalty does or does not deter future murders. There’s no disputing that being on death row is not a swift action. Most individuals on death row spend at least 10 years waiting to be executed. The facts I came across state that the Death Penalty is used for a deterrent, but I suspect that the Death Penalty is more for retribution.
References: Carroll, Joseph. “Who supports the Death Penalty.” The Gallup Organization, November 16, 2004. http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/gallup-poll-who-supports- death-penalty Muhlhausen, David B. PH.D. “The Death Penalty Deters Crime and Saves Lives.” The Heritage Foundation, Leadership for America. August 28, 2007 http://www.heritage.org/research/testimony/the-death-penalty- deters-crime-and-saves-lives Robert Weisberg, JD, PhD, Edwin E. Huddleson, Jr., "The Death Penalty Meets Social Science: Deterrence and Jury Behavior Under New Scrutiny,“December 2005. http://deathpenalty.procon.org/view.answers.php?questionID=0 00983