DEATH DEATH DEATH - 1 The Life Penalty The controversy over...

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The Life Penalty The controversy over the death penalty mainly focuses on three issues: The death penalty is not a proven deterrent to future murders, the death penalty is applied unfairly, and the risk of executing the innocent overshadows the use of the death penalty. The United States remains one of the few countries to still institute the death penalty, and while some feel it is effective, others wonder if an “eye for an eye” is the right way to deal with criminals. Pro-death advocates argue that society has the highest interest in preventing murders so it should use the strongest punishment possible to deter murders; that is the death penalty. They feel capital punishment is likely to deter crime more than other punishments because people fear death more than anything. On the other hand anti-death advocates argue that the United States has a higher murder rate than the countries of Europe and Canada which do not use the death penalty (Death penalty). They claim the death penalty is not a deterrent because most people who commit murders don’t expect to be caught nor do they weigh the differences of right and wrong. Frequently, those who commit murder do so out of passion or anger, or because they are substance abusers acting impulsively. Texas Attorney General Jim Mattox has been quoted saying, “It is
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DEATH DEATH DEATH - 1 The Life Penalty The controversy over...

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