How might the death penalty prevent crime? Discuss in an essay.

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The Death Penalty: How does it affect crime?

The death penalty is a major issue that brings up a lot of controversy in our society. The most important question concerning the death penalty is whether it should be abolished or not. Many people think that the death penalty is the ultimate denial of human rights and that it also violates the right to life. Some say it is cruel, inhumane, and a degrading type of punishment. Other people are for it and believe that we need to weed out the bad and seed in the good, no matter what type of actions we take. I feel that the death penalty should be looked at very carefully before we even consider using it.

The death penalty was originally derived from the United States. This only means we need to make changes towards fixing the problem. Eliminating the death penalty would not be a solution; it would only lead to more arguments.

No matter what reasons the government gives for killing prisoners in its custody, and no matter what execution methods are used, people are aware of their rights and know what the consequences are for committing a crime. The death penalty is a type of the punishments for some capital crimes; therefore, we know it's out there, so why should we not suffer the punishment. I feel the death penalty should not be eliminated but should only be used to an extent.

In some places in the word there is a punishment called the death penalty, this is the most extreme way available to governments to punish people, legally that is. An example of a country who uses the death penalty is America, however only a few states do, some places have abolished this procedure. There are many ways of...