Does Capital Punishment Reduce Crime?

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Capital punishment, also known as death penalty, means the infliction of death for certain crimes, which are often called capital crimes. For most crimes committed the punishment is a sentence of time in jail or execution. However, the death penalty is a very contentious issue in some cultures and which most of time is in debate and is the most questionable punishment. Is it morally right? Is it effective in deterring crime, primarily murders? Whether or not if it is moral or not, in this following research you can find information that would help you analyze this type of punishment and its effectiveness of reducing crime.


Chapter 1: Capital Punishment: Definition and Antecedents
Chapter 2: Theories of Punishment: The Rightness and Effectiveness of Capital Punishment Chapter 3: Capital Punishment: A way to reduce crime?
3.1 Arguments for Capital Punishment
3.2 Arguments against the Morality of Capital Punishment



Capital Punishment has been a subject of controversy, since there are arguments for and against it, and several problems and criticisms too regarding to this issue. Opponents of the death penalty argue that it has led to irreversible of injustice, that life imprisonment is an effective substitute, and that it violates the criminal's right to life. Supporters believe that the penalty is justified for murderers by the principle of retribution, that life imprisonment is not an equally effective deterrent, and that the death penalty affirms the right to life by punishing those who violate it in the most strict form. So long time ago, there has been always the question of whether or not this type of punishment is effective reducing the crime rate. To determine it there are some points we should analyze and take into consideration.

Chapter 1: Capital Punishment: Definition and Antecedents
Capital punishment, also called the death...
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