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Fox 1 Kailey Fox Mr. Cavanaugh English 11 Pd 7 2/26/18 Capital Punishment One murder is committed every thirty three and a half minutes. What if we, as Americans, could do something to change this? That’s where capital punishment also known as the death penalty comes in. Statistics prove that the death penalty costs less and reduces homicide rates. The death penalty needs to become legal in every single state of America. By examining the issue of capital punishment it is evident that it should be allowed because of background information, court case research, and morality arguments. The definition of the death penalty is “The punishment of execution, administered by someone legally convicted of a capital crime.” (“Death Penalty”). This means that anyone who has committed a capital crime is killed because of the seriousness of their crime. Capital crimes include murder, treason, drug trafficking, hijacking of an aircraft, and espionage. If a criminal is convicted of a capital crime and sentenced to the death penalty then they spend at least fifteen years and six months on death row. Death row is time you spend at a state prison before you are executed. Since 1976, one thousand four hundred and fifty two people have been put on death row. Death row is made up of 2.4% females and 9.6% male. Race wise death row is made up of 48.6% white, 40.9% african american, and 8.9% hispanic people. America’s death row however has been seeing a steady decline. Perhaps, because of capital punishment. (Berman, Mark).
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Fox 2 Currently, there are thirty-one states that allow capital punishment. Of those thirty-one states ten have scheduled executions. These states include Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. Texas and Virginia have the most inmates on death row and have executed the most people. Virginia has executed 72 people and Texas has executed 238 since 1992. The nineteen states that do not use capital punishment are
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