With all of the controversy and opposition surrounding capital punishment, some believe the rates of capital punishment will continue steadily, while others believe that the courts will turn to other resources to fight crime. In an article by the Huffington Post, author Kevin Sall explains, “In 2014, for example, Texas, Missouri, Florida and Oklahoma collectively accounted for approximately 90 percent of the nation’s 35 executions, and similar concentrations within small subsets of states appear across broader time periods” (Sall). Since these states often have influence over many other states, it is assumed that the numbers from these states will continue on a steady path, and that capital punishment will most likely not be ended on a completely national level. However, the American Civil Liberties Union states that capital punishment takes time and energy away from everyone in the court, and that people will soon have to realize that money would be better spent on law enforcement (“The Case Against the Death Penalty”). As resources continue to diminish, the courts may soon have to come up with another way to prevent crime other than executing criminals. The reality is that capital punishment is too large to end on a national level, but other factors could soon make supporters wonder if keeping the death penalty is worth their time.
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