Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?
Death Penalty
1,188 people were executed in the US from 1977 through 2009, primarily by means of lethal injection. Most death penalty cases involve the execution of murderers although capital punishment can also be applied for treason, espionage, and other crimes.

Proponents of 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 retribution or "an eye for an eye" honors the victim, helps console grieving families, and ensures that the perpetrators of heinous crimes never have an opportunity to cause future tragedy.

Opponents of capital punishment say it has no deterrent effect on crime, wrongly gives governments the power to take human life, and perpetuates social injustices by disproportionately targeting people of color (racist) and people who cannot afford good attorneys (classist). They say lifetime jail sentences are a more severe and less expensive punishment than death.

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1,188 people were executed in the US from 1977 through 2009, primarily by means of lethal injection. Most death penalty cases involve the execution of murderers although capital punishment can also be applied for treason, espionage, and other crimes.

Proponents of 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 retribution or "an eye for an eye" honors the victim, helps console grieving families, and ensures that the perpetrators of heinous crimes never have an opportunity to cause future tragedy.

Opponents of capital punishment say it has no deterrent effect on crime, wrongly gives governments the power to take human life, and perpetuates social injustices by disproportionately targeting people of color (racist) and people who cannot afford good attorneys (classist). They say lifetime jail sentences are a more severe and less expensive punishment than death.


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4/15/2015 - Should Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Get the Death Penalty? - To help people better understand the Boston Marathon bomber trial and issues surrounding the death penalty in general, we present several pro and con quotes about whether or not Tsarnaev should get the death penalty. We also include a summary of the attack, the trial, and the sentencing phase, along with a list of related links.

4/15/2015 - Is Life in Prison without Parole a Better Option Than the Death Penalty? - Read pro and con quotes from the ACLU (pro), Kenneth E. Hartman, a prisoner serving life without parole (con), Donald McCartin, former California Superior Court judge who presided over nine death penalty sentences (pro), David R. Dow, a death row lawyer (con), and more.

3/24/2015 - Utah Reinstates Use of the Firing Squad - On Mar. 23, 2015, Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert signed legislation legalizing the firing squad as a backup method of execution when lethal injection drugs are not available.

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Death Penalty
1,188 people were executed in the US from 1977 through 2009, primarily by means of lethal injection. Most death penalty cases involve the execution of murderers although capital punishment can also be applied for treason, espionage, and other crimes.

Proponents of 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 retribution or "an eye for an eye" honors the victim, helps console grieving families, and ensures that the perpetrators of heinous crimes never have an opportunity to cause future tragedy.

Opponents of capital punishment say it has no deterrent effect on crime, wrongly gives governments the power to take human life, and perpetuates social injustices by disproportionately targeting people of color (racist) and people who cannot afford good attorneys (classist). They say lifetime jail sentences are a more severe and less expensive punishment than death.

Core Question
Top 10 Pros & Cons
Did You Know?
Historical Timeline
Comments
Death Penalty Video
1,188 people were executed in the US from 1977 through 2009, primarily by means of lethal injection. Most death penalty cases involve the execution of murderers although capital punishment can also be applied for treason, espionage, and other crimes.

Proponents of 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 retribution or "an eye for an eye" honors the victim, helps console grieving families, and ensures that the perpetrators of heinous crimes never have an opportunity to cause future tragedy.

Opponents of capital punishment say it has no deterrent effect on crime, wrongly gives governments the power to take human life, and perpetuates social injustices by disproportionately targeting people of color (racist) and people who cannot afford good attorneys (classist). They say lifetime jail sentences are a more severe and less expensive punishment than death.


Death Penalty ProCon.org is a nonpartisan, nonprofit website that presents research, studies, and pro and con statements related to debate over the legality of the death penalty.

Pros & Cons by Category
CORE QUESTION
Background / General
Moral & Ethical Issues
Legal Considerations
Deterrence & Retribution
Social Issues
Death Penalty vs. Life in Prison
Religious Views
Notices for Death Penalty and Other ProCon.org Information (archived after 30 days)

4/15/2015 - Should Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Get the Death Penalty? - To help people better understand the Boston Marathon bomber trial and issues surrounding the death penalty in general, we present several pro and con quotes about whether or not Tsarnaev should get the death penalty. We also include a summary of the attack, the trial, and the sentencing phase, along with a list of related links.

4/15/2015 - Is Life in Prison without Parole a Better Option Than the Death Penalty? - Read pro and con quotes from the ACLU (pro), Kenneth E. Hartman, a prisoner serving life without parole (con), Donald McCartin, former California Superior Court judge who presided over nine death penalty sentences (pro), David R. Dow, a death row lawyer (con), and more.

3/24/2015 - Utah Reinstates Use of the Firing Squad - On Mar. 23, 2015, Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert signed legislation legalizing the firing squad as a backup method of execution when lethal injection drugs are not available.

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