Does the death penalty deter crime?
Many people are now committing crimes just to get back into jail for 3 squares and a warm bed, but if punishments were “eye for an eye”, people would think twice. For instance, if you assaulted someone, then could receive a caning. If you stole something, you lose your hand. If murder someone, you are killed. If these eye for an eye punishments were common knowledge, it would definitely deter crime. Would it deter the people that are essentially committing suicide by cop already, probably not. Some people are so ill and confused that no punishment system will deter them. But, would deter any sane person.
While an Ünderland policy of death for all law violations would be terrible, rapists and murderers would never be repeat offenders if they were caught. Yes, there would still be rapes and murders, but death is a 99 percent airtight deterrent to repeat offenders, the only exceptions being in horror movies.
Definitely death penalty will deter people from committing crimes like RAPE. They are sure to be caught and even in their wildest thought they will not touch a woman because of the fear. Debating the topic is mere waste of time. It has to be implemented and Rapists should be hanged in public in full view in front of his kith and kin, then I am sure this will never take place. Take for eg. Iran/Iraq we can never hear about Rape. By default if a person commits such a heinous crime, he is beheaded in public. Unless Death Penalty is taken up on a Fast Track judgement, psychopaths will keep raping young girls and will be moving freely around the cities and enjoying life.
Individuals that are going to commit a crime don't think about the consequences so reminding them of the death penalty, in my opinion, doesn't do anything. People are aware of the death penalty and individuals are still committing crimes every single day. We need to enforce other laws versus reminding criminals of the death penalty.
Even though most people's greatest fear is death, the death penalty is useless. States that have abolished the death penalty often have lower crime rates than those that still use it. If someone is desperate or crazy enough to kill someone, the chances are they wont think of, or don't care, about the consequence. Besides, a fair amount of murders are accidental, or done in a second of insanity, pain or anger. Those people defiantly won't have though of the consequence being their own death as well.
There is no credible evidence that the death penalty deters crime over long-term imprisonment. In fact, the FBI has found the states with the death penalty have the highest murder rates. There are many other options for deterring crime. A prison sentence of “life without parole” just as easily prevents crimes by those criminals imprisoned. And for future crime, a survey of police chiefs nationwide revealed that they found increasing the number of police officers, reducing drug abuse, and creating a better economy with more jobs were the most effective ways to reduce crime rates.
1) the 2010 FBI Uniform Crime Report showed that the Southern States in USA had the highest murder rate of the nation. However, these states also account for 80% of all executions in the US.
2)In 2012, Iraq executed almost twice as many people as it did in 2011-- this clearly demonstrates that previous executions did not equal deterrence
3) 88% of sociologists in a study agreed that the death penalty does not deter
Most murders are committed in a split second decision. During that time there is no thought for either repercussion or consequence of the action. in cases where murder was grizzly with malice such as the mutilation of alive human beings or rape, or poisoning, or vicious beating, a criminal rarely ever stops to think for repercussion or consequence either. The motive for whatever it may be is first priority in the murderer's mind, not what will happen after. In fact, if caught and convicted a murderer will end up nowhere but as a cornered animal who will have nothing left for his life but to fight in any way possible.
There are hundreds of men and women on death row, but only a small percentage of them are actually going to be executed. Most of them live out their lives in prison, instead. The death penalty does not work to deter crime, because most criminals know that the chance of them actually being executed is fairly slim, and they do not care.
Many people believe that a death penalty will help deter crime but this is not happening. Especially, because many of them do not even get executed. If they do it would be when they are older and spend most of theirs lives in a prison cell. This does no deter other individuals from committing crimes. In fact, it most likely makes them less afraid of death. Even the death they are charged with is not half as bad as the death of victims who were brutally murdered. If a child is thrown off a thirty story building can an injection or hanging make up for such a cruel death? Absolutely not.