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This paper focuses on capital punishment and presents arguments in opposition to its use, discussing the statistics that reveal how the penalty is applied in relation to the accused's race. The paper asserts that numerous studies show that the death penalty is not a deterrent to the serious crime problem that is faced in the United States today. The paper also notes that the death penalty continues to be the most controversial sentence with over half the states reinstituting capital punishment laws since the Furman v Georgia decision in 1972. Even if the death penalty were no greater a deterrent than a life sentence, the paper concludes, some people would still advocate its use on the grounds that is the only way to rid society permanently of dangerous criminals who they believe deserve to die. This paper contains illustrative graphs and photos.
From the Paper:"In recent years, the Supreme Court has limited the death penalty to first degree murder and only then when aggravating circumstances, such as murder for profit or murdering using extreme cruelty are present. Today, the death penalty for murder is used in 38 states, and by the federal government with the approval of about 75% of the population. After many years of abolition, New York reinstated the use of the death penalty in 1995, and expanded its use to cover numerous acts, including serial murder, contract killing, and the use of torture. Sitting on death row, there are currently over 3000 men and women waiting to be executed in the United States today."
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