Argument: Using death penalty to fight crimes distracts from underlying problems

Issue Report: Death penalty

Support and quotes

  • Bedau/ACLU, “The Case Against the Death Penalty”, (1992) – “Reliance on the death penalty obscures the true causes of crime and distracts attention from the social measures that effectively contribute to its control. Politicians who preach the desirability of executions as a weapon of crime control deceive the public and mask their own failure to support anti-crime measures that will really work.”