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According to, 1,436 people were executed in the United States from 1977 through May 2016. Most death penalty cases involve the execution of murderers. Capital punishment can also be applied for treason, espionage, and other crimes. Most of the executions are done by lethal injection. People who are for the death penalty say it is an important tool for preserving law and order, deters crime, and costs less than life imprisonment. They argue that “an eye for an eye” honors the victim, helps console grieving families, and ensures that the perpetrators of such awful crimes never have an opportunity to cause future tragedy. Other people say our justice system shows more sympathy to the criminal rather than the victim. On the other hand, there are people who feel the opposite. Those who are against capital punishment say it has no dampening effect on crime, gives governments the power to take human life, and perpetuates social injustices by targeting people of color and people who cannot afford good attorneys. They say lifetime jail sentences are a more severe and less expensive punishment than death.

Photo by The British Library

Photo by The British Library

CC BY-SA 4.0 Death to the Death Penalty? by Danny is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

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