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Capital Punishment

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The word "capital" in "capital punishment" refers to a person's head. In the past, people were often executed by severing their head from their body. As of 2000-OCT-19, during the last decade of the 20th century, 547 prisoners have been executed in the United States -- one third of them in Texas. Another 3,500 wait on death rows. None have been executed in Canada; that country abolished the death punishment decades ago. The United States is one of the very few industrialised countries in the world which executes criminals. It is one of the few countries in the world which executes mentally ill persons, persons with very low IQ, and child murderers (i.e. ...read more.

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The death penalty is the harshest form of punishment enforced in the United Sates today. Once a jury has convicted a criminal offence they go to the second part of the trial, the punishment phase. If the jury recommends the death penalty and the judge agrees, then the criminal will face some form of execution, lethal injection is the most common form used today. There was a period from 1972 to 1976 that capital punishment was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. Their reason for this decision was that the death penalty was cruel and unusual punishment under the eighth amendment. ...read more.

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There is plenty of useful information within our work. We hope you find it helpful and informative. How is the death penalty a punishment that fits the crime? Well, not every prisoner deserves the death penalty. People who kill someone in self-defence should not be treated as one who kills just for the sake of killing. How is the death penalty a punishment that fits the crime? Well, not every prisoner deserves the death penalty. People who kill someone in self-defence should not be treated as one who kills just for the sake of killing. Another reason that many people are against the death penalty is that they feel that innocent people will be wrongfully executed all in the name of justice. ...read more.

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