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Why Capital Punishment Should be Put Into Effect Nationally Among States

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Capital punishment

  1. 1. Capital Punishment, for Capital Crime: and why it’s effective in the U.S. <ul><li>“ The decision that capital punishment may be the appropriate sanction in extreme cases is an expression of the community's belief that certain crimes are themselves so grievous an affront to humanity that the only adequate response may be the penalty of death.” </li></ul><ul><li>Gregg V. Georgia (1976), </li></ul>
  2. 2. The Pros of Capital Punishment <ul><li>From 1995 to 2000, executions averaged 71 per year, a 21,000 percent increase </li></ul><ul><li>over the 1966-1980 period. The murder rate dropped from a high of 10.2 (per </li></ul><ul><li>100,000) in 1980 to 5.7 in 1999 -- a 44 percent reduction. The murder rate is now at </li></ul><ul><li>its lowest level since 1966. </li></ul><ul><li>The most striking protection of innocent life has been seen in Texas, which executes more murderers than any other state. According to JFA (Justice for All), the Texas murder rate in 1991 was 15.3 per 100,000. By 1999, it had fallen to 6.1 -- a drop of 60 percent. Within Texas, the most aggressive death penalty prosecutions are in Harris County (the Houston area). Since the resumption of executions in 1982, the annual number of Harris County murders has plummeted from 701 to 241 -- a 72 percent decrease. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>&quot;Had the death penalty been a real possibility in the minds of...murderers, they might well have stayed their hand. They might have shown moral awareness before their victims died...Consider the tragic death of Rosa Velez, who happened to be home when a man named Luis Vera burglarized her apartment in Brooklyn. &quot;Yeah, I shot her,&quot; Vera admitted. &quot;...and I knew I wouldn't go to the chair.” </li></ul><ul><li>-Edward Koch, former mayor of New York City </li></ul>
  4. 4. States that Utilize the Death Penalty Alabama Florida Louisiana New Hampshire South Dakota Arizona Georgia Maryland North Carolina Tennessee Arkansas Idaho Mississippi Ohio Delaware Kentucky Texas California Illinois Missouri Oklahoma Utah Colorado Indiana Montana Oregon Virginia Connecticut Kansas Nebraska Pennsylvania Washington Nevada South Carolina Wyoming As of April 2010, these 35 states use the death penalty
  5. 5. States without the Death Penalty (15) <ul><li>Alaska </li></ul><ul><li>Hawaii </li></ul><ul><li>Iowa </li></ul><ul><li>Maine </li></ul><ul><li>Massachusetts </li></ul><ul><li>Michigan </li></ul><ul><li>Minnesota </li></ul><ul><li>New Jersey </li></ul><ul><li>New Mexico </li></ul><ul><li>New York </li></ul><ul><li>North Dakota </li></ul><ul><li>Rhode Island </li></ul><ul><li>Vermont </li></ul><ul><li>West Virginia </li></ul><ul><li>Wisconsin </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>EXECUTIONS SINCE 1976 BY METHOD USED: </li></ul><ul><li>1030 Lethal Injection </li></ul><ul><li>157 Electrocution </li></ul><ul><li>11 Gas Chamber </li></ul><ul><li>3 Hanging </li></ul><ul><li>2 Firing Squad </li></ul><ul><li>36 states plus the US government use lethal injection </li></ul><ul><li>as their primary method. Some states utilizing lethal </li></ul><ul><li>injection have other methods available as backups. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Death Penalty vs Murders
  8. 8. Capital Punishment and Religion
  9. 9. References McFreeley, W.S. &quot;Trial and Error: Capital Punishment.&quot; History Matters . History Matters, January 2001. Web. 12 May 2010. <>. &quot;Public Opinion and the Death Penalty.&quot; Clark Prosecutor . The Clark County Prosecuting Attorney, April 2010. Web. 12 May 2010. <>. Gill, Kathy. &quot;Pros and Cons of Capital Punishment.&quot; U.S Politics ., May 2010. Web. 12 May 2010. <>. Lowe, Wesley. &quot;Pro Capital Punishment Page.&quot; Wesley Lowe . Wesley Lowe, March 2010. Web. 12 May 2010. <>. &quot;History of the Death Penalty.&quot; Death Penalty Information Page . Death Penalty Information Center, May 2010. Web. 12 May 2010. <>.