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

Capital Punishment - In the United States, about 13,000 people have been legally executed since colonial times.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

CAPITAL PUNISHMENT In the United States, about 13,000 people have been legally executed since colonial times. By the 1930�s up to 150 people were executed yearly. There are 7 main methods in current use worldwide. These are: hanging, the electric chair, the firing squad, the gas chamber, the lethal injection, the guillotine and stoning. The arguments in favour of Capital Punishment are: the Bible; the Bible requires the death penalty for a wide variety of crimes. Justice/Vengeance; many people feel that killing convicted murderers will satisfy their need for justice and/or vengeance. Deterrence; many people feel that the death penalty will deter crimnals from killing. ...read more.

Middle

Effect on society; some people feel that permitting premeditated murder is totally unacceptable, even if done by the state. "It violates our belief in the human capacity for chance." "It powerfully reinforces the idea that killing can be a proper way of responding to those who have wronged us." "Two wrongs don�t make a right." "We do not believe that reinforcement of that idea can lead to healthier and safer communities." Lack of deterrence; the death penalty has not been shown to be effective in the reduction of homicide rate. There are some indications that executions actually increase the murder rate. Cost; the costs to the state of funding appeals by convicted murderers would more than pay for their permanent incarceration. ...read more.

Conclusion

It�s imposible to perdon a corpse. Horror; some consider capital punishment to be cruel, brutal, barbarous and unusual punishment. Sending a person to Hell; Some Christians believe that an individual who dies without being "saved" will go to Hell for eternal punishment. The family of the prisoner is victimised and punished by having their loved one murdered by the state. Yet the family is usually innocent of any crime. Lack of convictions; some jury members are reluctant to convict in murder trials because of the possibility of executing an innocent person. Thus, many killers go free and are never punished. I think Capital Punishment is an outraged method of solving serious problems of crime in a civilised society because it�s very cruel and inhumane. People suffer more all their life in jail than 5 minute in the electric chair. ...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. Anyone who commits murder should be executed.

    If a crimial thinks that his life is at stake, it more likely to put him off murdering or robbing someone. When certain crimes carry the threat of the death penalty, it makes society think that only a terrible person would commit such a terrible crime.

  2. What is a human being?

    What science can't tell us are: * Does the foetus have a soul? * At what point of pregnancy does the baby gain a full set of human rights? * At what point of pregnancy does the baby become a person?

  1. Should Christians allow capital punishment?

    punishment should be based according to your belief and holiness in your life. The Christians would also argue that Christians should allow capital punishment by using the Mosaic Law to support their argument. The Mosaic Law set numerous offences which could be punished by death.

  2. Capital punishment is at times a necessary course of action

    He succeeded. He got himself an apartment, a new identity and into more crimes. Denise Naslund was last seen walking towards a restroom in a park after spending the afternoon with some friends. That afternoon, a man who wore an orthopaedic cast on his arm asked her for help with his boat.

  1. The mysterious bog people.

    (Deem, 1988-2003) THE BODIES OF "THE BOG PEOPLE" "The Bog People" are among the most perfectly preserved bodies in the world, due to the special chemical properties of the peat bog. In peaty conditions, the preservation of the flesh and blood sometimes occurs while the bones of such bodies usually become spongy or decompose.

  2. Our country is one of the four countries since 2000 to execute adolescents - ...

    Supporters say this is proven when it is "[estimated] that convicted criminals free on parole and probation [...] commit 'at least' 84,800 violent crimes every year, including 13,200 murders [...]" (Sharp). They also argue that murderers have so violated the human rights of their victims and society that it should

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