Dispelling Myths about the Death Penalty


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In the USA, a debate continues to rage on about the merits of retaining or repealing the death penalty. This can be seen on a federal level, with 31 states that continue to have one, and 19 which do not. In the past 8 years, 7 states have stopped using the death penalty, highlighting the growing trend of people in favour of abolition. In this piece I will try to dissect three arguments commonly stated by those who assert that the Death Penalty is just.

It’s a great deterrent! Without the death penalty, crime rates would spike.

In fact, it’s quite the opposite. States which continue to use the death penalty routinely experience higher rates of crime. So there goes the ‘deterrence’ argument. 88% of criminologists  will back me up on this, and that percentage continues to rise, with that figure having been 84% twelve years earlier. In recent…

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