Societal Benefits of the Death Penalty

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The death penalty is legal in certain States to punish those criminals who have committed a premeditated heinous crime. Capital punishment, another name for the death penalty, can be performed by utilizing the electric chair or lethal injection. Debates about the death penalty continue across America because people philosophically disagree with this type of punishment and whether it causes unnecessary pain. Capital Punishment acts as a significant deterrent to crime because it instills fear into people prior to the potential crime. There are also significant costs to society to cover the expenses associated with lifetime imprisonment. The death penalty benefits society because it instills fear into a person, thereby acting as a deterrent to crime. Laws are developed in the United States to deter people from committing crimes. Criminals know that if they decide to break the law, there will be consequences for their actions. Statistics reveal that states with the death penalty have fewer murders per capita. For example, in the year 2000 in the state of Florida, where the death penalty is a law, the murder rate is 1 in every 21,250 people (Florida Crime Rates 1960-2007). In comparison, in Michigan which does not have the death penalty law, the murder rate is higher at 1 in every 14,286 people (Florida Crime Rates 1960-2007). When people are planning to commit a dangerous crime, the fear of capital punishment probably causes them to rethink their action because of the fear of death by lethal injection or the electric chair. Not only do they contemplate the fear of death, they probably consider the embarrassment and humiliation that could arise on their family since this type of capital punishment is typically well publicized in the press. The death penalty should be seriously considered by every state in America. The fear of the death penalty would act
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