Capital punishment, or the death penalty is one of the most
debated issues in the Criminal Justice Sysem and is a very
controversial issue among society. The two most common
views are either completely for or against capital
punishment. Most arguments against the death penalty are
for moral reason. They view it as cruel and unusual
punishment, whereas aguements for the death penalty say "an
eye for an eye."
One of the main arguements for capital punushment is
that it also prevents other murders from taking place.
However, there are actual statistics to prove otherwise.
These statistics show that more murders actually take place
during the following weeks.
Criminals tend to believe that they will escape any
concequences for their crime, or they simply are thinking
irrationally at the time and just don't think of the
concequences. So an escalation of concequences is usually
irrelevent to their state of mind at the time that they
comit the crime.
(Capital Punishment- Cruel and Unusual?)
Most murders are "crimes of passion". They are
committed under the influence of the extremely blinding
emotions of "rage, hatred, jealousy, or fear." In fact, the
amount of unplanned murders account for more than ninety
percent, whereas, planned is about ten percent. So, then
who is likely reconcinder a crime because of the threat of
execution? The insane or mentally disturbed killer, or the
drug addicted drunk who hadn't intended to murder, but it
happened? Perhaps the macho, risk-taking gang member, or
even the murderer who wishes to be caught. "The reality,
with few exceptions, is that murderers are not clear
thinking people. They are impulsive, self centered, often
warped; overwhelmingly they are products of violent homes;
frequently they are addled by booze or drugs; and most of
them are deeply antisocial." (Just Revenge,