This goes to show that death penalty has not brought down crime rate and on the contrary, it has only increased it.This goes to show that death penalty is not an appropriate punishment if the idea is to educe crime.
By retaining this form of punishment, are we exhibiting barbaric traits as a society? Death penalty is a barbaric act simply because the law should be about protecting humans and not killing them.
This paper will start with a brief history of death penalty in the US and will move onto why death penalty is barbaric and should be abolished from the society.
This is evident in the crime statistics that the US has seen in the last few decades.
The murder rate has climbed by 122 percent between 19 and the murder rate in New York city alone rose y 400 percent. A study undertaken by MIT showed that based on the 1970 homicide rates, an average American had a higher chance of being murdered than an American soldier who fought in World War II (Koch, 1985).
This ruling overturned all the state laws that awarded capital punishment for child rape.
This ruling also brings up the question of what is the appropriate punishment for what crimes.
This is why many states had their own laws with respect to death penalty even after several rulings from the Supreme Court.
In 1972, or example, the Supreme Court emptied the nation's death rows by declaring all the existing statutes with respect to death penalty as unconstitutional.
This practice continues even today in some countries like the US, despite the advancements that we have made as a society.
We are have become more sophisticated than ever before, thanks to many factors such as technological advancements, globalization, education and democracy. In fact, the US is the only advanced democracy where capital punishment by death is not abolished.