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Death Penalty Deborah A. Crapp Soc101 Pamela Spence March 21 , 2011
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The death penalty does serve as a deterrent to crime. Firstly when using the method of deterrence, we assume that humans are rational and they will not commit the crimes after knowing the consequences and harm it will bring. Hence, to certain extent, people will avoid committing crimes. However, the effectiveness of the death penalty will depend on the nature of the crimes. For example, most offenders in murder crimes are usually not in a mentally stable state, hence death penalty will not serve as a deterrence because the offenders are not thinking rationally. Hence, the death penalty only has a limited effectiveness. Crime rates are high in the United States for a number of reasons. Firstly, we can say that the death penalty does not apply to all crimes, hence crime rates are high because the offenders committing such crimes have no reason to be deterred by the death penalty. Some countries like Germany, Denmark and Switzerland have abolished the death
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This note was uploaded on 07/07/2011 for the course HCA 311 taught by Professor Zimmerman during the Spring '11 term at Ashford University.

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