Classical Philosophy/Death penalty

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watch the video “Considering Capital Punishment” before participating in this discussion. As you learn in the video lecture, classical philosophers Beccaria and Bentham were influential in the forming of the US criminal legal system and the Bill of Rights. They advocated for punishments that are proportional to the crime, certain, swift, and deterrent. More recently, positivists (scientists) have also made strong claims against the use of the death penalty because it does not deter crime. Yet, the state of Texas continues to lead the country in executions, and the former Trump administration pushed to execute 10 federal prisoners last year.

Prompt:

Why is the death penalty still in use in the United States today? Are the arguments supporting it’s continued use based in classical philosophy, positivism, or something else?

Vidoe: https://uhd.kanopy.com/video/considering-capital-punishment

Only use the video provided as a source to be cited please

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