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Death Penalty Essay

  • Submitted by: newton1126
  • on November 19, 2013
  • Category: Social Issues
  • Length: 885 words

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A Life For a Life
A life for a life, is it the way? The death penalty is a huge controversy and is a very important topic in today’s crowded society.   Amnesty International believes the death penalty is unethical and should be abolished in the United States.   While many others such as David Muhlhausen believe it is effective and should be in use. Whether the death penalty is used or not it is a tough subject, in a perfect world it is not needed, but in our society today it could really be effective.
In the article, “The Death Penalty Should not be Abolished,” David Muhlhausen believes many lives would have been saved with the use of the death penalty. It would save lives due to the fact there would be fewer criminals on the streets, and people will think twice before committing a crime. Muhlhausen argues, “Capital punishment should not be abandoned because it deters crimes, saves lives, and the majority of American citizens supports its use” (n. pag.).   In other words, each capital punishment would save lives, end of story.   Muhlhausen can’t stress enough how much the death penalty would save lives and drastically cut down crime rate. “Crime characteristics are more important than race” (Muhlhausen n. pag.).   Muhlhausen researched and found that as of 2005 there were 37 people on death row, and of these prisoners 43.2% were white and 54.1% were African American.   The problem is African-Americans are the main group on death row and a minority in the population of the United States.   This lead some to believe the federal government is racist toward African-Americans.   Another theme Muhlhausen researched was the lives saved by the death penalty.   Two studies by Paul Zimmerman, a federal communications commission economist, also supported the capital punishment.   Using state level data, Zimmerman found that each additional execution on average, results in 14 fewer murders.   “Professor Shepard’s analysis of monthly data from 1977 to 1999 found 3 important things.”...

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