The death penalty decreases the number of murders committed.
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The spectre of receiving a lethal injection would, in my opinion, deter many would be murderers.
Turf and drug related gang warfare accounts for the majority of violent homicides in the major cities of the world, from Russia to the U.K, and the United States.
The totally unacceptable murder statistics in such U.S, cities as Chicago Detroit and Miami are rising at a time when overall crime is falling.
We all know that there are different categories of crime, and each case should be judged individually on the circumstances and nature of the crime with only certain classifications carrying the death penalty.
I feel these should include, premeditated murder, murder of a police officer, murder as a result of gang warfare, death caused by rape involving gratuitous physical assault to the victim.
I'm sure there are a number of other categories of murder which would warrant the death penalty but the aforementioned will suffice in the meantime.
There will always be those who will say no to all and every proposal of positive action to stem the shocking and ever escalating rise in murder in the U.S.A.
These are the negative members of the ''NO BRIGADE of PROGRESSIVES''
They follow the motto of their patron Saint ex President ( inertia) Obama,''whatever you do, do nothing''.
That must be one of the most pleasant sounding phrases around at the moment; ''ex President Obama'', with the emphasis on the ex.
Actually I believe that to be true, either by removing the person who would have made more murders or by deterring others who don't want to face the punishment. But it's not absolute. Just because it deters some doesn't mean it deters all. Nor do I think deterrence should be relied on as the main justification for having a death penalty. To me the only justification you need is that there indeed are some people out there who are so terrible the world is better off if they have zero chance to ever hurt anyone ever again.
And with that said, I think it should be a rare punishment, hopefully a last resort, and only if there is no shred of doubt about the crime. Heck, it may be so hard to put people to death that only a couple have it actually happen to them. But for those couple, as terrible as they are, it should be an option still on the table. Not simply banned.
This is a perfect example of selective interpretation. During the 1990's when death penalty states saw a decline in murder rate per capita, nearly every state in the US also saw a decline in murder rate per capita -- including those without the death penalty. Consider also that non-death penalty states, during the years from 1990 - 2000, saw a sharper decline in murder per capita, by about 25% on average over the decade. If the death penalty was the catalyst for this decrease in murders, then why did non-death penalty states see a greater average decrease in murder rates through the same period? Consider also that, currently, states with the highest numbers of murders per capita are the death penalty states, and that 10 out of the 12 states with no death penalty, have murder rates per capita below the national average. ( http://www.nytimes.com/2000/09/22/us/absence-executions-special-report-states-with-no-death-penalty-share-lower.html )
From 1990 to 2015, the number of murders per capita was on average 30.4% greater in death penalty states when compared to non-death-penalty states; also note that in every single one of these years the number of murders per capita in death penalty states was higher than the number of murders per capita in non death penalty states. ( https://deathpenaltyinfo.org/
This shows conclusively that in the past 25 years, death penalty states suffer significantly higher numbers of murders per capita, and that they also show a smaller decrease in annual murders per capita when compared to non-death penalty states.
How does this fit into your hypothesis?
Imagine if what he said was true:
A guy takes a knife from the kitchen draw ready to kill the person that has made him so angry but then he pauses "Oh shit, this year there was 10% more people executed for murder than the year before!!! I was okay with spending a life in prison for this crime but being that its slightly more likely I might be executed I should put the knife down!". Wow that was a close one!!!
Wrong. Murder is SOMETIMES a crime of PASSION. I don't know the statistics, but many murders are planned in advance. These are the ones who will stop and think. Is this really worth it? And, once again, look at the number of murders committed by someone who has already murdered someone else. Do you even know how many? Do you even care?
Sure it may discourage some murders from taking place, but for every person/people killed, one more is added to the death count because of the death penalty. Also, most murders are caused by anger or frustration. Statistics aren't going to stop an angry, psychotic, murderer.
Why People Murder (time.com)
The difference in murder rate between 1999 and 2000 is negligible. There was no "skyrocketing".
In general there is no correlation. See:
If you can't interpret these graphs then I suggest youre as dense as Osmium ;)