Death penalty should be abolished.

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Death Penalty

The Death Penalty is different from all other forms of punishments in that it cannot be reversed and therefore should be abolished. Murderers are not discouraged from committing crimes even with the death penalty as a punishment. The high costs of the death penalty are also another good reason to get it out of government's system. The death penalty goes against some of The American Constitution's laws. The Death Penalty is unfair and unjust and should be abolished from America.

The Death Penalty does not frighten people from committing crimes any more effective than imprisonment does. For the death penalty to work the offender must see it as a threat. Most people who commit murders do so mostly in the heat of passion, under the influence of drugs or alcohol and are thinking very little about the consequences. Those who actually plan the murder also plan away of not getting caught so they do not have to go through the punishment.

Some people commit murders so they have an easy way out and not have to commit suicide. Others see it as a way to gain a bad name, for those the consequence is an attraction. This explains why capital punishment encourages homicides and why some killers have asked to die. The Death Penalty may have an opposite effect of what is intended, after a man in Florida was executed, homicides seemed to rise. In New York a study was done that suggests that an execution will cause two or three extra homicides in the following months within that state or even the country.

Instead of preventing violence, capital punishment is having a "brutalizing effect", increasing the level of violence in society. Thus it is rising not lowering the murder rates. The states that have the death...