How might the death penalty prevent crime? Discuss in an essay.

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The Death Penalty: How does it affect crime?

The death penalty is a major issue that brings up a lot of controversy in our society. The most important question concerning the death penalty is whether it should be abolished or not. Many people think that the death penalty is the ultimate denial of human rights and that it also violates the right to life. Some say it is cruel, inhumane, and a degrading type of punishment. Other people are for it and believe that we need to weed out the bad and seed in the good, no matter what type of actions we take. I feel that the death penalty should be looked at very carefully before we even consider using it.

The death penalty was originally derived from the United States. This only means we need to make changes towards fixing the problem. Eliminating the death penalty would not be a solution; it would only lead to more arguments. No matter what reasons the government gives for killing prisoners in its custody, and no matter what execution methods are used, people are aware of their rights and know what the consequences are for committing a crime. The death penalty is a type of the punishments for some capital crimes; therefore, we know it's out there, so why should we not suffer the punishment. I feel the death penalty should not be eliminated but should only be used to an extent.

In some places in the word there is a punishment called the death penalty, this is the most extreme way available to governments to punish people, legally that is. An example of a country who uses the death penalty is America, however only a few states do, some places have abolished this procedure. There are many ways of doing this:

Lethal Injection

Electric Chair

Firing Squad


Hanging (however this is not used any more)

There are a lot of problems with this but also there are many reasons why it should be in place, this essay will try to show both sides equally.

Here is a major problem, one of the many major problems, for there are many, is that there was one a woman who was accused of murder, however it was not murder. It was a crime of passion, in other words manslaughter. She was hanged.

Derek Bentley was hanged on 28 January 1953 for a murder he did not commit. Here is his story.

Bentley, completely unarmed and while being held by a policeman after an abortive break-in, is alleged to have called out to his accomplice "Let him have it, Chris". After a while, Chris Craig shot and killed a policeman. 16-year-old Craig was jailed - 19-year-old Bentley was hanged. The story has generated several books, a film and even some songs. It took 16619 days from Derek's death, but he has, at long last, been pardoned. His family fought for years to clear his name and during this time his mother died trying to clear him and it was eventually continued by his sister.

The people who are not against the death penalty say it is a deterrent, they say it's a warning to criminals, murderers and the every day assassins. If you kill someone, someone will kill you.

Another reason against the penalty, is that it is not painless, it is not humane. Every way to do this is painful, some people say that it should be painless... ...however some say it is pointless just to kill someone, they should feel it, every last moment of it, so that everyone won't want or need to have it done to themselves.

To date approximately 13 people have been exonerated from death row, since 1977 and also 12 people have been proven innocent after the execution. Meaning 12 people are gone for good, and 13 have been scarred for life.

On the other hand 808 people have been executed for the right reasons, they were guilty and no one argues otherwise. The USA will not miss them. Seventy six countries and territories have completely abolished the death penalty, 15 countries only enforce the death penalty during wartime, and a further 21 countries have not used it in over 10 years but still keep it just in case....
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