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The death penalty has an interesting history in the United States. Capital punishment is legal in 31 states and at the federal level. In 1972 in Furman v. Georgia, the death penalty was struck down by the Supreme Court and no executions took place. That ended in 1976 when the court reversed its decision and reinstated the death penalty in Gregg v. Georgia. Since then, states have abolished the death penalty and others have toughened their laws. Advocates of the death penalty believe that it acts as a deterrence to crime and serves as just retribution. Opponents point to high costs, prolonged appeals, and violations to the eighth amendment. Where do you stand on this issue? Should the federal government abolish the death penalty?