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Capital punishment

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Capital Punishment essay Capital punishment is punishment by death for committing a crime. The death penalty has been imposed for such serious crimes as armed robbery, kidnapping, rape and treason. Since the early 1800's, the majority of executions taken place were for the crime of murder. Capital punishment has been going on for generations and is still used in many countries today. In the year 2000 around 1,457 prisoners were executed in 27 countries and 3,058 people were sentenced to death in a further 65 countries. There are still 125 countries that use the death penalty today. In America many States use the electric chair and many use gas and the lethal injection. ...read more.

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The British public may feel protected if they knew that a convicted murderer was sentenced to death and not sentenced to prison where they could come out after twenty years or so and kill again. Another reason why some people may want to bring back death penalty is that it will save the taxpayers money. Why give the government money to keep convicts in prison when the criminals could be executed for their crimes, it makes economic sense. A lot of people believe the context of the Old Testament and retribution, an eye for an eye, in the way that the criminals knowingly and willingly set out to commit a crime they in turn should accept the consequences. ...read more.

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It would cause the government a lot of hassle if they were to make a mistake and murder an innocent person. It would also cost the government a lot of money to pay the victims family's compensation for their losses. You cannot bring an innocent person back from the dead once they have been executed. On a personal front I am against capital punishment. I follow the directory of the New Testament, which informs that under all circumstances murder is wrong. To me it is immoral to take anybody's life, even if they are seen as the scum of the earth. In my view they should pay for their crimes doing time in prison working hard labour and not be let off, as easily as being executed. But at the same time they should be given rehabilitation so that they can rejoin society and become better people. ...read more.

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