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Running Head: SCHOLARLY ARGUMENT
Punishment in any society aims to prevent crime from happening and to provide justice to
victims. The death penalty, also known as capital punishment, entails using death to punish
heinous crimes. In the United States, twenty-nine states allow the death penalty as a form of
punishment to deter future crimes from happening. In these 29 states, only three (Pennsylvania
since 2015, Oregon since 2011, and California since 2019) governors have used executive order
to halt the death penalty although it's legally allowed. The rest states have abolished the death
penalty. This essay examines the question, "does capital punishment deter crimes in society."
The paper analyzes a scholarly article to understand both sides of this controversial topic, and at
the end, the paper evaluates academic and non-scholarly sources credibility.
Scholarly argument in favor of capital punishment
The scholarly article I chose supports capital punishment by C.L. Ten and is titled "Mills'
defense of capital punishment." The article was published in 2017 in the Journal of Criminal
Justice and Ethics. Mills argues that the death penalty is appropriate because it provides justice to
the victims of crime, and it's the only fair punishment for any form of aggravated murder.
According to Ten (20...
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