Capital Punishment

Capital Punishment

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Unlike popular belief, the death penalty does not act as a deterrent to criminals. As stated by Alfred Blumstein, author of ?The Criminal Career Paradigm,? ?Expert after expert and study after study has shown the lack of correlation between the treatment of the death penalty and the occurrence of violent crimes.? (Blumstein 68) Isaac Ehrlichs study on the limiting effects of capital punishment in America reveals this to the public. The study spans twenty-five years, from 1957 to 1982, and shows that in the first year the study was conducted, there were 8060 murders and 6 executions. However, in the last year of the study there were 22,520 murders committed and only 1 execution performed. (Blumstein 54) This clearly suggests that many violent criminals are not afraid of capital punishment.
Abolitionists, people against capital punishment, believe the offenders should be required to compensate the victims family with the offenders own income from employment or community service. There is no doubt that someone can do more alive than dead. By working, the criminal inadvertently ?pays back? society and also their victim and/or victims family. There is no reason for the criminal to receive any compensation for the work they

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