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The death penelty should be legalised

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Started: 11/18/2016 Category: Society
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The Capital Punishment should be nationally legalised.


Capital Punishment:
the legally authorized killing of someone as punishment for a crime.
syn: Death Penelty

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To make permitted by law.


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C1: The Death Penalty Deters Crime

A. A study by Emory University has found that every execution deters 18 murders(1). If we were to nationalise the death penalty than the number of murders would decrease, there are also many other peer reviewed studies that also reaffirm Emory University's findings(1)(2).

B. Studies may show us proof of the death penalty acting as deterrent, but so does common sense, the cost of speeding is ticket, who's price will never go above $1,000, and robbery may lead to jail time. As a result there have been many more cases of people speeding than there have been of people stealing from stores.

C. There have been accounts of assault that could have executed for murder if the offender was not afraid of getting the death penalty such as Margaret Daly, Orelius Steward, and Paul Brusseau(3). Criminals are still humans and can process information and can judge what they are willing to go through.

D. The Prevention of further murders should be our number one priority when homicide occurs, the methods that we use to punish wrongdoers should be an example to the rest of the population of what happens to someone that takes away a life. The nationalisation of the death penalty could help deter crime by implanting a sense of what would happen if someone commits such a atrocious act as taking another humans life this Deterrent effect is much more important that the punishment of the criminal.

C2: Non death penalty states are more susceptible to murders

A. This is the main reason why I am arguing for the nationalization of the death penalty, the state that have banned the use of the death penalty are more vulnerable to murders because the killers have to play a lesser price for there extreme misdoing. We cannot have inconsistency inside our criminal justice system.

B. Most states without the death penalty has demonstrated an increase of murders since 1996, whereas the states that upheld the death penalty have demonstrated a average decline in murder rates(4). Living in states without the death penalty is more dangerous that states without it and the number one priority for a federal government is to protect it's people

C. Criminals also grasp the relative lenience of non-death penalty states. Dmitry Smirnov, a deranged lover, killed his ex-girlfriend he met online in the state of Illinois only after finding that Illinois had abolished the death penalty(3). After turning him self in he said that he would probably be getting life in prison because he couldn't receive the death penalty.

C3: Some criminals the world is better off without

A. This will highlights the issues and problems with putting serial killers in jail, and the extreme brutality of of some criminals that should render their inalienable rights useless. Some murders are because of psychological reasons, but some are plain cruel, disgusting, and sadistic.

B. If a murder is so atrocious and gruesome the killer must be put to death, it has always been seem that way. This point can be seen in the case of Lisa Coleman. Lisa murdered a 9 year old child in cold blood. The child died of malnutrition and it had been observed that the young child had suffered over 250 distinct injuries including cigarette burns(5).

C. There is also an off chance that the murderer could escape, this is seen in the case of John Modie, who murdered a 29 year old girl. He escaped from prison, luckily law enforcement caught his soon after but this mishap may have cost the life of another innocent person(6). There have been other cases of murderers escaping and killing once again such as the case of Robert Crissman who murdered a 55 year old women in her home after breaking out of prison(7).

D. The serial killers inside the are also a danger to their fellow inmates and prison guards. A serial killer by the name of Graham Young who killer his own step mother, by administering her poison, when he was 15 was put into a high security prison soon after. There a fellow inmate died of cyanide poisoning and many drinks were found tampered with. After Young got released he proceeded to kill 2 more people and experimented with poison on over 70 of his colleagues(8).

E. Some killers like John Miller and Jimmy Lee Gray got some mercy from the criminal justice system and were legally freed from jail. These people didn't embrace their chance to live but instead used it and killed again(9). If we had not given these people their last minute reprieve and had instead been executed their second wave of killings could have been stopped.

C4:The Family of Victims

A. The Families of murder victims are thrown into the turmoil and suffer for a very long time. This near hellish state makes the families of the victims suffer more than the actual murderer himself. Its a horrible thing that happens and it must be stopped.

B. Some relatives consider the death penalty a form of justice such as Fred Romano who still suffers from the death of his sister. "It's justice," Fred Romano said. "It's not revenge."(10)

C. Some families complain about the death penalty, but never about the righteousness of it, but because of the long tedious process that it takes. The death penalty needs to be fixed and the murderers shouldn't be able to stall as long as they can as it puts stress on the family when they need it most.

In Conclusion

The death penalty deters crime and saves lives. The death penalty should be instituted as a national law that spreads across the country, for the sake of the families involved and for the sake of the people. Murderers are dangerous and nothing shy of it, and its about time we view them as such. A national law would save innocent lives, and the protection of the people, above all else, is a country's top priority.

Thank you everyone, and vote Pro
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