Why the Death Penalty Works

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Jennifer Q. Why the Death Penalty Works Introduction: The article, “Why the Death Penalty Works,” by William J. Tucker, was published in The American Spectator on October of 2000. The article argues that while trying to eliminate the effects of crime rates, conviction rates and other factors, murder rates tend to fall as executions rise. Others say that execution rates will continue to rise for a while, even if murder rates drop. Over the past century, murder rates have gone up a record high leaving the death penalty as the only option to stop murders. There are some criminologists who believe that capital punishment does not prevent crime. In 1972, the U.S. Supreme Court abolished capital punishment due to the court case Furman vs. Georgia, that made murder rates higher then what they usually were. Many murders are caused by those who know each other i.e., relatives, friends, and acquaintances. Arguments go back and forth whether capital punishment is “cruel and unusual punishment” because of the torture people on death row go through. Also, people commit murders because of witnesses that see them commit certain crimes. He or she has evidence of the crime an individual has committed and can testify it to the police. Murders happen because people get scared what a certain person might do and the victims are the ones who get hurt. The article presents a good argument for why the death penalty works because it explains the different type of murders that happen to people and the cause of it and why murder rates have gone down. Summary: In this article, the author William J. Tucker realizes that although the death penalty makes murder rates decrease, execution rates still remain high as murder rates are reduced. Some criminologists argue that the death penalty helps murders to happen, while others say the death penalty stops murders. In 1971,
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