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PRO DEATH PENALTY WEBPAGE This webpage is dedicated to the innocent victims of murder, may they always be remembered. If you wish to make a donation or a subscription payment to support this site, please click on one of the two buttons below. TABLE OF CONTENTS: Introduction The Deterrent Effect of Capital Punishment Historical Evidence of Deterrence Capital Punishment and the World Capital Punishment Vs. Life Without Parole Cliched Arguments Against Capital Punishment Racism and Capital Punishment Capital Punishment and its Costs The Constitutionality of Capital Punishment The Risk of Wrongful Execution of Innocents
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Capital Punishment and Christianity The Morality of Capital Punishment Abolitionist's Dictionary What Abolitionists Say and What They Mean Bibliography Death Penalty Related Sites Contact Information Donations INTRODUCTION: Putting to death people judged to have committed certain extremely heinous crimes is a practice of ancient standing, but in the United States in the latter half of the twentieth century, it has become a very controversial issue. Changing views on this difficult issue and many legal challenges to capital punishment working their way through the courts resulted in a halt to executions in the United States in 1967. Eventually, the Supreme Court placed a moratorium on capital punishment in 1972 but later upheld it in 1977, with certain conditions. My state of New York is a state that practiced capital punishment since its colonial days, then abolished it in 1965. But now, as of September 1, 1995, the death penalty is back in the books in accordance to Governor Pataki's campaign promise. As a staunch supporter of the death penalty, I consider this to be a good thing for my state and its citizens. Indeed, restoring capital punishment is the will of the people, yet many voices are raised against it. Heated public debate centers on questions of deterrence, public safety, sentencing equity, and the execution of innocents, among others. I have listened and read the arguments opposing the death penalty and I find that they are not at all convincing. Here's why: Return to Contents THE DETERRENT EFFECT OF CAPITAL PUNISHMENT: One argument states that the death penalty does not deter murder. Dismissing capital punishment on that basis requires us to eliminate all prisons as well because they do not seem to be any more effective in the deterrence of crime. Others say that states which do have the death penalty have higher crime rates than those that don't, that a more severe punishment only inspires more severe crimes. I must point out that every state in the union is different. These differences include the populations, number of cities, and yes, the crime rates. Strongly urbanized states are more likely to have higher crime rates than states that are more rural, such as those that lack capital punishment. The states that have capital punishment are compelled to have it due to their higher crime rates, not the other way around.
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