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

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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.


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.


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.

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