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Revisiting capital punishment

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After a four-year moratori­um, the Supreme Court re­instated the death penalty in 1976. Since then, 1,264 people have been executed in the United States. Only 28 of those execu­tions have taken place in Loui­siana, but our neighbors to the west, the “great state of Texas,” have executed a whopping 474 people.

The federal government sees capital punishment as a deterrent to crime.

If capital punishment were working as deterrence, I don’t be­lieve there would be 3,199 people on death row in the United States.

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