Capital punishment

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capital punishment

Capital Punishment Capital punishment is punishment by death for committing a crime. Since
the early 1800's, most executions have resulted from convictions for murder. The death
penalty has also been imposed for other serious crimes such as armed robbery, kidnapping,
rape and treason. People disagree about whether capital punishment is moral or is
effective in discouraging crime. Questions that are most often argued when discussing
capital punishment fall into three categories: Does capital punishment save money? Does
capital punishment strike fear into offenders, saving innocent lives by deterring would-be
killers? What does capital punishment mean to an innocent person wrongly accused? Capital
punishment definitely does not save money. It actually cost more than any other penalty.
Dan Cutrer has used tow Texas counties to quote estimated costs of capital trials as
compared to non-capital trials. These counties estimated the cost of a capital trial
between $400,000 and $600,000. When the cost of a non-capital trial, which is around
$75,000, is subtracted from the cost of the capital trail, the median of the two estimates
is $425,000 to try each capital defendant. Assume that the juries will pass a death
sentence in 80% of all capital trials, and the appeal courts will continue to over turn
about 30% of all death sentences. This means that about 50% of all capital trials will
result in an actual execution. The actual cost of each execution, counting only the
initial trial costs, comes at $850,000. Therefore, capital punishment does cost more than
any other penalty exacted by the criminal justice system. Even these estimates, which
reflect only the cost of the original trials, and not appeals, death row housing, or
execution cost, prove that capital punishment does not save money (Capital…). The idea
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