Is capital punishment an effective deterrent to crime?
I’m against the opinion that capital punishment is an effective deterrent to crime.
I have two reasons to support my opinion.
First, hard-core criminals often don’t afraid of heavy penalties when they commit crimes. For example, a man killed a lot of people inside of train station about 15 years ago. He said that he committed the crime in order to receive death penalty. Also, death penalty was abolished in France about 40 years ago. However, there were not significant increase in the murder rate after the abolishment.
Second, there will be possibility for the government and police to lose their trust from citizens. We often hear that a lot of innocent people are wrongly convicted of serious crimes and receive heavy penalty including capital punishment. Wrongful execution of innocent people would lead to the frustration among citizens. This may result in worse public safety, which defeats the purpose.
In conclusion, I don’t believe that capital punishment is an effective deterrent to crime. (163 words)