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Casey Skomer Mirza COMP 1500 December 10, 2014 Can Capital Punishment Ever Be Justified?
According to the eighth amendment in the United States Constitution, every American citizen is protected from cruel and unusual punishment in the criminal justice system.
This paper examines the degree to" which those two empirical observations are related, finding that changes in relative punishments" can account for 60 percent of the differential growth rates in juvenile and adult violent crime" between 19.
Juvenile offenders appear to be at least as responsive to criminal" sanctions as adults.
According to a 2012 survey from the Vera Institute of Justice, holding one criminal in prison costs taxpayers an average of $31,286 a year (Henrichson 9).
After that amount is multiplied by the number of dangerous inmates serving life sentences, it is economically logical to employ capital punishment in the corrections system, which only costs taxpayers . How can the families of victims live peaceful lives, knowing that their tax money is being used provide a healthy, comfortable, and long life for the person who murdered and striped their loved one of human dignity, rather than being spent to serve retribution to such horrible criminals?
Moreover, sharp changes in criminal involvement with the transition from" the juvenile to the adult court suggest that deterrence, rather than simply incapacitation important role.
There does not, however, appear to be a strong relationship between the" punitiveness of the juvenile justice system that a cohort faces and the extent of criminal" involvement for that cohort later in life.
It is irrefutable that the death penalty is cheaper than incarcerating menacing citizens for life, and by putting such treacherous human beings to death, we improve the quality and value of life for society.
As American citizens, we should appreciate that the amendments of the Constitution guarantee rights and protections to each and every citizen, and the death penalty works to uphold the American Constitutional foundation of liberty and justice for all.