Is the Death Penalty an Effective Punishment? Yes. In at least one important respect, it is. It simply cannot be argued that a killer, once executed, can never kill again. The Death Penalty does not stop people from killing others. The only thing it does stop is killers from killing people again. Some people say that Capital Punishment has killed more blacks then whites and more poor then rich. There is nothing wrong with the Death Penalty. If someone kills another they should be punished. If it is going to stop a crazy man from killing again then so be it.
Were not supposed to kill others. I do not think that a child the age of 13 and older should get away with murder just because there so young. Adults think they wouldn't understand death. I knew what death was when I was in 7th grade I was nine and my Grandfather died. I knew what that meant. I don't think it is right for a man that is 18 to be punished to the Death Penalty for killing a man. When a twelve year old boy who was playing with his daddy's gun and kills his best friend doesn't get but more then a few years in jail. Kids have a lot of power now days and some think they can get away with murder. I don't think it is right for some states to not have the Death Penalty and some to have it. It ruins the purpose. It does not mean that people are going to stop in California just because there is one. No matter where you are there is going to be murder and crime. Thirty-eight states currently have the death penalty. More then 350 people have been executed in the USA since 1990. More then 3,300 others are on death row. The application of the death penalty is racist. Black and white people are the victims of violent crime, 82 % of people executed since 1977 have been convicted of killing white victims.
An aspect that should be looked at when you are considering if the death penalty is an effective deterrent from crime is how the penalty is looked upon by the criminals.