Is the Death Penalty Effective?

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Imagine, a good friend of yours. Better yet, imagine a loved one, perhaps a little brother or sister or son or daughter. Now try to imagine life without them, simply because the murderer thought that he was above the law. Who knows, maybe he or she was just bored and decided to take a life. What if someone took the life of your child or loved one? What are we to do about the person(s), such as these murderers who decide that they can take a loved one's life? Obviously, anyone who takes one's life, other than self defense, should not ever be let out into everyday society to function in everyday life, because such as this are from normal. Those that prey on the weak will always prey on them. A majority of those convicted and sentenced to capital punishment were "repeat offenders that continually prey on the weak and innocent

* Thirty-seven out of fifty (37 of 50) states currently hold laws authorizing the death penalty.

* Most executions are carried out in the Deep South.

* Currently there are more than 2000 people on death row

* Because of various legal interferences, a majority of executions will be stalled.

The death penalty is applicable in cases involving murder, but it becomes clearly easy to come up with this suggestion of punishment in cases involving the murder of the ones put in charge of protecting us and our community. Killing a cop is like shattering or killing that "thin blue line that separates between civilization and anarchy"(Cop, 1). Police officers are the ones who keep the streets safe for our society and uphold our society's beliefs. It is just I better than anyone else and nobody is going to tell me what to do.

The deterrence factor is the likeliness of one not to commit a crime as a result of being aware of the consequences of the crime. Many argue that the death penalty does not deter.

However, by simply convicting a person to confinement for a certain crime with

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