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  Arguments for capital punishment
Updated 12 March 2002, 10.36

Human rights argument
  • Murderers forfeit their human rights when they take other peoples lives.

  • The punishment should fit the crime. If the punishment is too light it cheapens our rights to life.

Deterrence argument
  • It is common sense to say that killing murderers will deter others. It is hard to prove the effect because you are measuring something not happening.

  • A killer who has been executed can never do it again.

  • America executes people to show that murder is wrong.

Execution of the innocent argument

  • There are no definite cases of innocent people having been executed since executions started again in the USA in 1977.

  • The very small chance of a executing the wrong person is balanced by the benefits to society of deterring murderers.



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