Death Penalty

Donnie Jones
Mr. Pascoe
Persuasive Essay
Capital Punishment
Ever since the death penalty was declared constitutional in 1976, thousands of people have been placed on death row and 314 of them have been executed (Yaffe).   Thirty-eight states now allow the death penalty, with New York being the last to adopt this legislation in March 1995.   Massachusetts and Iowa have been trying to pass a law that would allow the death penalty to be used in their states.   Capital punishment is most often saved for murder and sometimes arson, treason, burglary, and the forcible rape of a 14-year-old or under, by an 18-year-old or older, but it varies within each state. There are many politicians who are trying to pass laws banning the death penalty.   There are around 3000 people on death row across the country right now and if these politicians get their way, then 3000 lives will be spared (Matthews).   The rage of this issue continues to persist with many people who question if capital punishment is really the answer to solving the problem of crime.   The death penalty should be allowed because it is not inhumane but rather fair and its continued use will end up helping out society in many ways.
Many people who oppose the death penalty say it is inhumane and unfair.   These people who oppose it say that all human life has the right to be respected.   All human life does have the right to be respected but there is a point when that right can be lost, if someone takes the life of

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another human being then they have given up that right.   Another claim opponents of the death penalty make is that the death penalty encourages more murders because if people see the authorities taking someone‚Äôs life, then they will think they can do it too.   This is not true, but if criminals see that more and more people are getting the death penalty, this will cause them to think their actions over.   The United Kingdom abolished the death penalty in 1965 and since then, violent...