In general, keeping capital punishment has been proven to work in deterring some instances of murder and thus we should not try to fix what is not broken and should keep capital punishment.
For further proof as to the usefulness of capital punishment in deterring crime, it is necessary to consider how it deters crime when its existence directly confronts people.
One finds in the Bible the popular expression, “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth" and this almost seems a perfect statement for capital punishment.
One must ask how, if not through capital punishment, is one supposed to be punished for the crime of taking another human being’s life?
Those who would question this might remind us that the murder rates are lower in Europe than in the United States (Ellsworth 119) and they do not have capital punishment.
The counter-argument, however, is that they do not face some of the same societal problems that we do in the United States and thus what works for them might not apply in the case of our society.
Although tough sentences that are imposed for serious non-capital crimes are generally extremely high, it is interesting that the thought of life in prison is not as much of a determent as the prospect of death.
When people are trying to make a decision about capital punishment, many are inclined to think that it is not fair to punish one murder with another and others tend to suggest that there is too much of a possibility of executing the wrong person.
In addition to this, there are other considerations to be made when denying capital punishment a place in society.
Many opponents, especially those who question the rights of prisoners facing execution may argue that, “there are too many mistakes for a such a permanent solution; there are too many racial, IQ and class inequities" (Morgan 30) and while this may be true on some levels, these concerns could be alleviated if our society put more effort into the legal process.