We’ve got to end nonsense that is capital punishment now!
Eighty-eight percent of the top criminologists across the United States do not believe the death penalty acts as a deterrent to homicide, according to a new study published in the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology. 87% of the expert criminologists believe that abolition of the death penalty would not have any significant effect on murder rates. In addition, 75% of the respondents agree that “debates about the death penalty distract Congress and state legislatures from focusing on real solutions to crime problems.” They might be on to something.
In addition each inmate on death row annually costs the US taxpayers $90000 more than prisoners in the regular prison population, driving the total cost of the US prison-system for the tax payers to a whopping $52 billion annually. In addition US statistics suggest that 76.6% of prisoners are re-arrested within five years, further underlining the lack of deterrence both in the retributive nature of US imprisonment, and in the purely retributive death penalry.
In addition a retributive justice system makes our societies more vengeful, more hateful. It legitimises violence and murder, and the list of bad things about it goes on. Let’s just end it now and start building prison-systems that actually works in rehabilitating prisoners and preventing crime and repeat offences.