Abstract The death penalty represents a divisive issue throughout the world. Individuals and groups debate about the efficacy of using the death penalty as a deterrent for people committing crimes. This paper, using journal articles, recent studies, and newspaper stories, shall argue that using the death penalty does not reduce or deter crime. The Death Penalty does not Deter Capital Murder The death penalty has always been a divisive issue. In 1972 the United States Supreme Court made a ruling to abolish the death penalty because it fell under the rubric of cruel and unusual punishment, and thereby violated the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments (ACLU). The Supreme Court stated that the ways in which the death penalty laws had been...The end:
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