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Capital Punishment In The UK

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Capital Punishment In The UK It is clear from the statistics shown in figure 1 that the crime rate has increased dramatically since the abolition of the death penalty. As shown in the graph there was a decrease in crime and it then increases again at a very steady rate suggesting deterrent methods have become weak, and, or, crime is becoming more common in general. The graph is based on American statistics but it is clear that this represents the crime which is taking place in Britain. The protection of society is the key aspect of capital punishment, and the statistics show that an increase of crime would suggest that the more crime that took place would show the more society would become at risk. ...read more.


In October 2001 the latest figure that had been published was 67,465 inmates. This represents an increase of over 400 since the end of August 2000. If this increase continues there would have to be more prisons built to house the prisoners, this means more of tax payers money going towards paying for the housing of criminals, but also toward the building of the prisons and their maintenance. The average cost of keeping a prisoner in custody is about �27,500. This results in a cost of �1,855,287,500 a year of tax payers' money being spent on housing inmates. ...read more.


Society is the main element of capital punishment. It is not fair to those who live a law abiding life to live threatened by those around us. If capital punishment was brought back it would rid society of those who are most likely to harm. It would rid society of those who are likely to re offend. By protecting society from crime it is psychologically possible that those in society would not be as influenced to commit crime. The crime rate in the UK has clearly increased, threatening the lives of those in society. By reintroducing capital punishment it would be possible to protect society, and increase the welfare of society by investing the money which would have been spent on other aspects of society. Society would clearly benefit. Words: 471 ...read more.

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