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Capital Punishment in Britain

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Do you think Capital Punishment acts as a deterrent and reduces crime? Do you think Capital Punishment brings justice to a victim's family? I am of the opinion that Capital Punishment should not be brought back into society. Statistics clearly show that in Westernised society Capital Punishment does not reduce crime. There are a number of arguments against the death penalty and I feel the most important one is that an innocent person would be executed for a crime he did not commit. Another reason that I am against Capital Punishment is the trauma that the condemned man's family would have to go through before and after his execution. Capital Punishment was first introduced to England by the Anglo-Saxons. By the 10th Century hanging had become the common method of execution. William Fitzosbern was the first recorded execution at Tynbern in 1196. The hanging tree in Hyde Park, London became notorious. The debate on Capital Punishment has been an emotive issue for hundreds of years. ...read more.

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This shows that Capital Punishment was getting less and less popular. The reintroduction of the death penalty in Britain is a debate that has been going on for decades and there are issues for human rights for us all if it were to be introduced. Laws would have to be passed that would contain sufficient safeguards to satisfy the public. We must consider the likelihood for an innocent person to be executed; it is inevitable that it will happen sooner or later. The most important question is, "Will executions prove to be the deterrent that the supporters of Capital Punishment expect them to be?". It is highly unlikely that the very worst murderers would not commit their heinous crimes because they are most likely to be psychopaths or insane and are incapable of rational behaviour. The Hungerford and Dunblane massacres in my opinion could not have been stopped by the Death Penalty alone as both perpetrators killed themselves. ...read more.

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Does the death penalty deter? That is the million dollar question that every government would like to know. I believe that this form of punishment does not deter. It is very difficult to prove one way or the other because in most retentionist countries the number of people actually executed is very small compared to those actually sentenced to death. In countries like Singapore where the statistics tend to support capital punishment the death penalty appears to be a deterrent but this is because execution is an absolute certainty. We live in testing times especially with the new threat of Islamic terrorism and it is not impossible that the debate for the reintroduction of capital punishment will come up in the future. In conclusion and on examination of all relevant facts and statistics I feel that Capital Punishment does not deter crime and that the habitual and career criminal will continue to offend. Sources http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capital_punishment http://www.richard.clark32.btinternet.co.uk/thoughts.html This is a graph showing trends among blacks and whites in favour of the death penalty for a person convicted of murder. ?? ?? ?? ?? Ross Adams 12A ...read more.

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