It seems that there are nearly as many opinions on the death penalty as there are people to propose them. There are numerous people that are against the use of capital punishment. Some take their stand for humanitarian reasons, and others use it as insurance against executing the wrong person. Many people simply say that murder is wrong, regardless of who performs the act. The oldest and most standard argument in favor of the death penalty has historically been its deterrent effects in helping to prevent further violent crime from occurring. However, studies have shown this argument to be invalid. It has been proven that the states that have the highest number of executions also have the highest rate of capital crime.