Capital Punishment: Deterrent or Detriment?

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Capital Punishment: Deterrent or Detriment? The article simply titled “The Death Penalty” by David Chandler makes a clear argument against capital punishment. Chandler states that over the past 30 years, in excess of 100 people have been liberated from death row due to having been wrongly convicted. (para 1) He claims that while the number of blacks and whites on death row is about equal, the numbers are disproportionate to the population and blacks are nearly 40% more likely to be sentenced to death. (para 2) Chandler also claims that the race of the victim plays an even larger role than the race of the offender and 80% of the death sentences handed down had white victims. (para 3) This was found to be especially true in the southern states, most notably Texas and Virginia. The southern U.S. states have executed 735 people, while the western, Midwestern, and northeastern states have each executed under 100. (para 4) Economic factors also seem to play a role in who receives a death sentence, with 42% of blue-collar murderers being sentenced to death, compared to just 5% of their white-collar counterparts. (para 5) Chandler goes on to say that executing a convicted murderer does nothing to bring back the victim or alleviate the pain and grief of the victim’s loved ones. The author also pointed out the contradiction of the age old Biblical argument of “an eye for an eye” with another passage from the Bible where Jesus stated "He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone...." The article stated that a vast majority of other developed nations have banned the death penalty, and that the continued use of it across the U.S has the opposite of the desired effect of being a deterrent to murder. The United States has a long history of being “on the slow boat” to change when it comes to social and moral issues. We continued the use of slavery

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