• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Capital Punishment

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Capital Punishment "The state has no right to carry out executions" Capital punishment is one of the penalties of committing a horrific crime, such as murder, by putting the criminal to death. The death penalty is the harshest form of punishment enforced in the world today. Once a jury has convicted a criminal offence they go to the second part of the trial, the punishment phase. In the USA, if the jury recommends the death penalty and the judge agrees, the criminal will face some form of execution. Lethal injection is the most common form used today, although the electric chair and hanging are still used in some States. For a period, from 1972 to 1976, when capital punishment was ruled unlawful by the US Supreme Court. Their reason for this decision was that the death penalty was cruel and unusual punishment under the eighth amendment. The decision was reversed when new methods of execution were introduced, and each year about 250 people go to Death Row and 35 are executed in the U.S.A. ...read more.

Middle

Public perception of horror of the crime is met by visible punishment. Providing victims of violent crime with evidence of punishment is perceived to make them feel better. 'A life for a life'. Some people believe that we should punish crimes of violence with a death. Retribution may be quoted from the bible, and is the classic argument. 'Whosoever sheds man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed' (Genesis 9:6). But on the other hand all life is sacred, and what right has society to judge when a person's life shall end . An alternative view of retribution is revenge. Revenge is always destructive, both to the criminal and to society. Retribution is uncivilised, and gives the impression that it is OK as long as the government of the day approves. What an example for a civilised country to set the world! If we are Christians, should we not be promoting the power of forgiveness and repentance not vengeance. ...read more.

Conclusion

We should examine the pressure that society has placed on them. In the long term this protects public safety, allows time for repentance and therapy, and by therapy rehabilitation. This is not 100% effective, because they can re-offend. There is still a low risk to society. There is a chance for new evidence to appear and mistakes to be rectified. This is the safest balance between safety and punishment. However, early release is a side effect of poor checking, and of the pressure of overcrowded prisons. Is money that important that we release the dangerous criminal in to society to offend again? It appears today that to risk another life IS less important than money. Alternatives, such as counselling, aversion therapy, and confrontation can help the person who is really shocked at what they have done. Being brought to understand the effects of their actions can be punishment enough. Drugs and electronic monitoring are also alternatives that do not have the safety factors but rely on the offender's agreement to stay on probation, take drugs and otherwise co-operate with the measures. Helen Paterson, St John Fisher School Centre 22339 Candidate 5092 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Capital Punishment section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Capital Punishment essays

  1. Capital Punishment Amendment Act 1868

    In their 1866 report they again called for the abolition of the public death penalty on the grounds that the crowds had become dangerous in their size, creating more problems than the spectacle itself negated. This time their aim was achieved.

  2. Capital punishment as a deterrent of capital crimes in America

    of execution and all the subsequent costs are considerably more that the cost of keeping them in prison for the rest of their life (Kronenwetter 29). For example, Florida recently had to cut its Department of Corrections budget by $45 million, despite the fact that they spent more than $57 million enforcing the death penalty in recent years (Kronenwetter 29).

  1. Capital Punishment

    All the executions that took place made me feel sorry for them all because I could not imagine the pain they must be going through and the mental torture they were put through before being executed. Another thing is that with the death penalty, it can go terribly wrong.

  2. Should Christians allow capital punishment?

    Many Christians also believe that capital punishment should be allowed under the principle of Lex Talionis which is the principle that says, "a life for a life". However many Christians argue that Christians should not allow capital punishment, by using the "Sermon on the Mount" to support their argument.

  1. The Punishment must fit the crime

    2400 were executed in China alone. Is this right? Islam allows capital punishment for three major offences: murder, adultery and apostasy which working against Allah or denying him praise. This offence is not only murder but apostasy as well because it is taking that which is gods. Life. It is said that Allah is the great give giver and taker.

  2. Capital punishment was the worst punishment that ever faced this country

    In China, they shot an 18 year old girl for dealing with drugs in 1998. In Singapore, they hung 2 girls for the same 'crime'. Every form of execution causes the prisoner suffering. Some methods perhaps cause less pain than others, but no method of execution, not even injection, removes the suffering of the prisoner.

  1. "Society in 2005 wants to re-introduce the death penalty in prisons

    Although I feel these aspects of the death penalty are good ideas I feel more strongly against it due to the fact of being wrongly accused. I f someone were to be wrongly accused of a crime and then killed as a result, only later for the law to find

  2. An Essay on Crime, what Capital Punishment is, my own view and also the ...

    These offences were killing police officers, using guns or explosives, killing two or more people and killing during a robbery. In 1965 after much debate capital punishment was suspended for a 5-year trial period. In 1970 it was permanently abolished.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work