And surely the death penalty is the only penalty that could deter prisoners already serving a life sentence and tempted to kill a guard, or offenders about to be arrested and facing a life sentence.” (Death Penalty Curricula for High School) van den Haag brings forth the argument that capital punishment is the strongest deterrent society has against murder, which has been proven in many studies.
“Since society has the highest interest in preventing murder, it should use the strongest punishment available to deter murder…” (Death Penalty Curricula for High School).
Few issues in the United States are more contentious than the use of the death penalty as a punishment for severe crimes.
Capital punishment has been recorded almost since the dawn of written history, but in today’s world, many people have come to see it as unnecessary and inhumane.
There are many reasons as to why I believe the death penalty should be legalized in all states, including deterrence, retribution, and morality; and because opposing arguments do not hold up, I will refute the ideas that the death penalty is unconstitutional, irrevocable mistakes are made, and that there is a disproportionality of race and income level.
The use of capital punishment greatly deters citizens from committing crimes such as murder.
Many people’s greatest fear is death; therefore if they know that death is a possible consequence for their actions, they are less likely to perform such actions.
Ernest van den Haag, a professor at Fordham University, wrote about the issue of deterrence: “…capital punishment is likely to deter more than other punishments because people fear death more than anything else.
Capital punishment should be stopped because it is morally wrong, expensive, and such a slow process. When we use the death penalty, we are following the criminals’ example by doing something equally as bad ourselves. There is also a chance that a mistake will be made, and the wrong person will be put to death. Another problem with capital punishment is the high cost.
For example, the special prison housing is expensive to staff and keep up.