December 4, 2000 John Evans was lead into a small chamber and strapped into a chair. A jolt of 2,000 volts of electricity shot through his body, as an awful stench of burning flesh and clothes permeated the air. In 1972, the United States Supreme Court ruled the death penalty unconstitutional. Only four years later, it was reinstated as a means of punishment for murder (Bedau). Capital punishment should be abolished in the U.S. , because it does not reduce crime, it is extremely expensive, and causes the death of innocent people. A misconception surrounding the death penalty is that it deters crime. In actuality, the statistics clearly show that in states with the death penalty, it does not affect murder rates. 18 of the 20 states with the highest murder rates employ capital punishment to murder rates. Obviously, capital punishment has not reduced crime in these states. In fact, murder rates may actually increase in states with the death penalty, which is known as the brutalization effect. A
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