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Anyone who commits murder should be executed.

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RE: Anyone Who Commits Murder Should Be Executed The most severe form of punishment within certain laws is death. This is called the death penalty or capital punishment and is the most severe form of corporal punishment, requiring law enforcement officers to actually kill the offender. Somebody harms those who have harmed them, but should somebody else have the right to kill to seek retaliation? We have a certain right in our own lives, but should the lives of others belong to us as well? If a court finds someone guilty of murder, it can sentence the convicted person to death. This makes people as a society murderers themselvesselves, but is there any possibility in justifying these acts? Are those who support the death penalty, just as bad? Is the death penalty a cruel punishment or is it fair? With today's increase in crime and violence in society, the death penalty effects many people within a country, whether interested or not, and has existed for quite some time now in America, Africa and India. The use of the death penalty has actually decreased throughout the industrial Western World since the 19th century, with Britain, France and Spain all abolishing the death penalty. ...read more.

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The use of the death penalty could actually reduce the number of violent murders by getting rid of some of the people who just kept doing it again and again, thus being used as a system of justice and not just a method of avoidance. Modern supporters of capital punishment see it as a punishment for the crime because nowadays most people see it as a means of just vengeance. . One argument against the death penalty is that some people will exploit the death penalty to get rid of their enemies. " From the days of slavery in which black people were considered property, through the years of lynching and Jim Crow laws (the segregation of black and white people), capital punishment has always been deeply affected by race. Unfortunately, the days of racial bias in the death penalty are not a remnant of the past", as stated by Robert C. Watters of the NAACP Legal Defence and Education Fund, USA. Fairness requires that people who break the same law under similar circumstances must meet with the same punishment, however the justice system is in no way reliable. Statistics show that in the USA, a black man who kills a white person is eleven times more likely to receive the death penalty than a white man who kills a black person is! ...read more.

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I believe that there must be a punishment that serves the purpose of teaching a lesson. Personally, I have always believed the death penalty was not just, and that it didn't teach other criminals a lesson. I think that capital punishment serves very few purposes. "An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a life for a life" Many people believe that capital punishment does not belong in a civilised society such as Britain. I believe a form of it is needed because we do not live in a civilised society, whereas murders and those who perform monstrous crimes will keep coming at different times, and there needs to be a way of ending their madness. We live in a day and age where killing happens quite frequently though, and I think some people should receive a life sentence, teaching the individual and those around the individual that if you do the crime, you pay the time. I do think that the punishment should depend on the circumstances and the severity of the crime. Stricter bans on parole for those who receive life and more equality in sentencing would vastly improve the governments legal systems everywhere. Also, every soldier who had fought in Iraq has committed murder. But because it is in war, it appears justified. I disagree with this. Louise Rashman 11H 27th September 2003 ...read more.

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