Master's Theses

Date of Award

2010

Document Type

Thesis

Department

Sociology

Keywords

Capital punishment, Crime, effects, law, juveniles, minorities

Abstract

Many researchers, academics or philosophers see capital punishment as a deterrent to crime. Several states in the United States apply the death penalty to try to reduce crime. Other states do not agree with the application of this repressive law arguing that a crime should not be solved with another crime. From a theoretical view, the principal point of analysis about capital punishment in this present work is to state that capital punishment can reduce crime. Here also it will be examined some of the collateral consequences of the application of capital punishment, and its implications for the Criminal Justice System. I will compare the benefits and the costs of the application of capital punishment. Although the application of this law has its collateral consequences that can affect innocent individuals, juveniles, insane, or minorities, it is important to consider that this law can prevent criminal acts if used to penalize convicted murderers.

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