Capital punishment does not appear to be doing its job.
If it does not dissuade, then it serves no purpose.
There is no evidence that posits the use of the death penalty as being causal to a reduction in crime.
According to the NC Coalition for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, the murder rate for the state of North Carolina actually declined following a halt in utilizing execution as a form of punishment.
In the heat of the moment, when a person is not thinking clearly and logically, the existence of the death penalty and the possibility that they could be facing this punishment does not typically cross their mind, and cause them to alter their behavior.
The consequences of their actions are not at the forefront of their minds while they’re in the midst of carrying out those actions.Supporters of this punishment argue that it serves as a deterrent to crime, and that justice is being served.My personal stance on the death penalty is that it is an outdated and ineffective punishment, serving no true benefit to society and causing more harm than good to society as a whole.We must also look at the mental competence of the individuals being convicted and sentenced to this punishment.If a person is not mentally capable of processing and understanding the actions they have committed, it is ethically wrong to execute them for this. Most of everyone would probably feel the first sentence and only the oppress would feel the second statement.According to Amnesty International, as of July 2015, 101 countries have abolished the death penalty for all crimes in law, while 140 countries have abolished the death penalty in law or practice.When looking at the argument that the death penalty serves as a deterrent to others thinking about committing the same crime, we need only look to other countries around the world as examples to disprove this.Throughout the world, we are able to see that, in those countries where there is no death penalty, murders and other violent crimes happen at a much lower rate than in the United States.The first and foremost reason why some people approve death penalty is to decrease the crime rates of their country.If it is implemented by the government,the society would feel afraid to commit a crime thus stopping them from doing malicious acts that can harm or end someone’s life.