Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?
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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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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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7/1/2015 - Death Row Inmates, 1953-2013 - There were 2,979 inmates on death row in the United States in 2013 and 39 of them (1.30%) were executed. Most inmates who left death row did so because their sentences or convictions were overturned (58.2%), not because of execution (24.8%).

6/29/2015 - Supreme Court Upholds Use of Execution Drug Midazolam - Justice Samuel Alito wrote for the majority; Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, and Clarence Thomas joined in the 5-4 ruling.

6/24/2015  - Judge Formally Sentences Boston Marathon Bomber to Death

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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.

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)

7/1/2015 - Death Row Inmates, 1953-2013 - There were 2,979 inmates on death row in the United States in 2013 and 39 of them (1.30%) were executed. Most inmates who left death row did so because their sentences or convictions were overturned (58.2%), not because of execution (24.8%).

6/29/2015 - Supreme Court Upholds Use of Execution Drug Midazolam - Justice Samuel Alito wrote for the majority; Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, and Clarence Thomas joined in the 5-4 ruling.

6/24/2015  - Judge Formally Sentences Boston Marathon Bomber to Death

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