Explore BrainMass

Discussion on Criminal Justice

Is the death penalty an effective deterrent for crimes? Is there another viable alternative that provides society equal protection?

Solution Preview

Generally, the death penalty is based on the fact that the risk of loss of life creates potential criminals think twice before relying on some lawful act - such as killing, and makes them want to totally quit on such unlawful offenses. Even though the potency of the death penalty as a lawful activity obstruction has been used to produce assistance for this idea for quite a while now, whether it really prevents individuals from relying on lawful activity is an issue of argument. Research released in the 'Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology' exposed that 88% of American criminologists considered that the death penalty was not an efficient lawful activity obstruction. Actually, roughly 87% of the participants of this research were within the viewpoint that the abolition of the death penalty would have no major impact on unlawful activity rates in the country as such.

On the contrary, several criminologists possess the viewpoint that the obstruction impact of penalties in itself is one of the several factors which creates an individual to engage in lawful activity, and doing away with it can help us bring down the unlawful activity amount by a significant level. For example, in North America the killing amount dropped after abolition of the death penalty in 1976 and this point is often used by these individuals to back up their viewpoint. One has ...

Solution Summary

A discussion on criminal justice is determined. Whether the death penalty is an effective deterrent for crimes is determined,