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Mariam Kergaye
Laurie Oberg
English 11
12 November 2015
Stop Murder with Death
The Death Penalty has been a punishment reserved for the most heinous of
crimes, such as murder, treason, espionage, and other equally hurtful crimes. These
criminals are tried for their crimes and some of them find themselves on death row. This
killing of criminals has been met with plenty of controversy from issues with race, ethics,
and costs creating the overall issue of if the death penalty should continue to be in use.
However even for many of the criminals on death row, not all of them are executed
within their stay and find themselves dying of a natural death. Isnt this more like a life in
prison rather than the punishment of death that they were promised? How is this any
different from a life in prison, and if the criminals know that the death threat is just that,
an empty threat, then what is to stop more people to commit the atrocities of murder
and such if the threat of death is not in place. The usage of the Death Penalty is a good
way to deter future committers of murder and should be more thoroughly used due to its
finality against the heinous committers and takes away the option of prison living, brings
to face a much harsher judgment on those who had or plan to take a life, potentially
deterring anyone left in the streets, and potentially saves the lives of innocents on the
The Death Penalty takes the heinous committers of crimes off of the streets,
deterring the ones potentially left to roam. By administering the death penalty as it is

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set, there is a higher deterrence towards murdering, due to the justice that could be
potentially administered. It is shown that there is a negative correlation between the
number of executions taken place and the number of murders that happen. It means
that with every execution, the number of murders decreases by 74 the following year. It
is shown throughout the years that as the number of executions increases, the murders
decrease. This is a clear sign that the death penalty had been doing its job to deter
others from murder due to the threat of death.
The finality and swift deliverance of the death penalty in itself is a way to deter
future crimes. It is shown that the life in prison is the more preferred option simply
because the committer of the violence is still alive. There are many times in which the
one given the death penalty is not executed and find themselves living their full lives
within prison. How is this any different than from what they were going to be given
instead of the death penalty? It is not and the removal of the death penalty would simply
open doors for murderers to commit their crimes, knowing that they will live while their
victims will not. And even then the life-without-parole is not a complete life behind bars
for they have the option and ability to gain a life outside of the prison after a set number
of years and earning good points, making it a very real possibility that the murderers
will be back on the streets a free man.
By administering the death penalty, there is a protection of innocent lives that
takes place. For every death penalty execution that takes place, on average a steady 18
or more murders are prevented due to deterrence. The administration of the swift death
can help save potential lives by making the ones outside of the prison and outside of the
legal fights think twice about the ideas of murder. Also the taking out of the murderers

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and not giving the chance at parole and life within prison also takes out the idea that the
murderers can or will ever be able to walk along the streets free and take more
innocence with them.
There are many who would claim and say that the death penalty does not truly
affect the amounts of murders that take place, that the evidence shown through the
usage of studies is simply the work of social sciences. However there have been many
sources that show that the usage and the amount of people put within and executed
with the death penalty had lowered the amount of crimes consistently over the next time
span of years. The idea that taking the studies and statistics proven to show a
correlation between the crime rates and the death row executions and not giving them
any relevance is a cruel and unusual way to go about stating their side of the argument.
The studies and statistics shown are not simply from one organization, but many
different sources all pointing towards the same idea, that the usage and the increase of
executions of death row victims shows a lowering in the number of murders.
The administering of the death penalty deters future crimes, takes the death
penalty threat to a realistic point in which now there is a real punishment that is tangible
to those outside the bars of prison, deterring the ones free on the streets, and saves
lives. The death penalty is not just a tool for administering executions on those who do
heinous acts, but also acts as a protection for those who could potentially become the
next victims. There is a consequence to every action and by taking action and
administering the just and rightful executions there are many lives saved and many left
out of prison.

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Work Cited
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) "The Death Penalty: Questions and Answers," Apr. 9, 2007
Cheatwood Derral 1996 edition of the Encyclopedia of American Prisons titled "Life
Without Parole,"
Dezhbakhsh Hashem July 2003 study "The Deterrent Effect of Capital Punishment:
Evidence from a 'Judicial Experiment'" in Economic Inquiry
Michael Summers Nov. 2, 2007 article "Capital Punishment Works" in the Wall Street
Rubin, Paul H. Feb. 1, 2006 testimony "Statistical Evidence on Capital Punishment and
the Deterrence of Homicide before the US Senate Judiciary Committee on the
Constitution, Civil Rights, and Property Rights, available at
Sunstein Cass R. Mar. 2005 paper "Is Capital Punishment Morally Required? The
Relevance of Life-Life Tradeoffs on