Capital Punishment - Capital Punishment Truth and Justice...

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Capital Punishment Truth and Justice By: Stephany Boles University of Phoenix-Axia College
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What is capital punishment? Capital punishment is a penalty given for committing capital crimes such as murder, rape, treason, and terrorism. Capital punishment is one of the most controversial topics among Americans. There are many diverse views concerning whether capital punishment is humane or if it is justice. In this essay, there are many statistics and facts that prove that enforcing the death penalty law has decreased the number of executions each year in the United States. Capital punishment is the most appropriate discipline for perpetrators committing capital crimes. Dating back to 1930, there have been numerous death penalty cases in the United States. Over the past several years, the number of capital punishment cases has fluctuated. There were a total number of one-hundred and fifty-five executions that took place in 1930. From that point on the number of executions had dropped considerably every year. During the years 1968 to 1976 the number of death penalty cases had plummeted to zero. The proof presented attests that implementing the death penalty makes people aware of the consequences that follow committing a capital crime. The illustration below shows how there have been highs and lows with the number of executions that have taken place over several decades (BJS, 2007).
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During the next several years, the amount of death penalty cases slowly increased. In 1984, there were twenty-one inmates put to death for capital crimes. That number was the highest amount of death penalty cases in nearly twenty years. By 1999, the number of capital punishment cases had risen to nearly one-hundred. Since the year 2000, the number of death penalty cases have decreased more and more each year. In 2008, there were a total of thirty- six executions across the United States. Execution is a reality that has been documented in detail for several years. The most overwhelming fact at hand is the number of inmates imprisoned for capital crimes has risen to an overwhelming high in recent years. The Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that there have been a total of 73,821 people sent to death row for committing capital crimes during the years 1954-2004 (2007). Each year the number has gotten higher than the previous year. The crime rate has gotten so extreme that if there aren’t any laws that enforce justice, 0 20 40 60 80 00 20 40 60 80 1930 1940 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 2008 Executions, 1930-2008 Executions Department of Justice Statistics, 2007
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America could no longer be considered united. The latest information available is shown in the chart below. 0 500 1000 1500 2000 2500 3000 3500 1954 1964 1974 1984 1994 2004 Prisoners on death row, 1954-2004 Number of Prisoners on death row Department of Justice Statistics, 2007 Although crime has no age, race or gender, there have been remarkable amounts of capital crimes which have been committed by Caucasians. The visual displayed below shows the statistical information concerning race and death row inmates (BJS. 2007).
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