Death penalty is a corporal form of punishment that has undergone a lot of contention in the U.S. and the world, in the modern era. To punish by death has been criticized as a barbaric way of punishing criminals, and discredited for not having a positive impact in crime reduction. In the past, when humane capital punishment had not been introduced in society, penalties included slow slicing, boiling to death, crucifixion, flaying, crushing, burning, and stoning decapitation and firing squad among others. These penalties were given for blasphemy, violation of the Sabbath, magic, sexual crimes and murder. In the U.S. today, execution is used for crimes like treason, espionage and murder.
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The long wait is costly too making it impractical to keep someone waiting in pain and agony for his/her death (704). Some of the families that are victims of murder do not support death penalty. They believe evil cannot be punished by evil, and would not wish death for a person who has killed one of their own (698). Therefore, criminals should face life rather than death punishments. Furthermore, there is no proof that killing murderers will change the rate of crime in the country. More factors contribute to increase of crime rather than murder. The government needs not to waste money and time resources of the jury and judicial officers solving death penalties.
McLaughlin, Jolie. “The Price Of Justice: Interest-Convergence, Cost, and the Anti-Death Penalty Movement.” Northwestern University Law Review 108.2 (2014): 675-710. Academic Search Premier. Web. 25 Oct. 2014.
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