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Capital Punishment - Justice or Murder? - Joe should never be set free, after 20 years of his life sentence, to go on and murder again

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Capital Punishment : Justice or Murder? Chris Baguley "Joe should never be set free, after 20 years of his life sentence, to go on and murder again" Capital Punishment is argued about throughout the world. It is disputed as to whether it is humane or, alternatively, if it protects innocent lives. Capital Punishment is the lawful sentence of death pronounced by the courts for a variety of serious crimes. Some countries do not have this punishment, such as Britain. However, eighty-nine countries are able to use Capital Punishment as a sentence. It is disputed as to whether or not this is too harsh. Through examination of the questionnaire, which I carried out, I discovered that seven out of the twenty people I asked believed in Capital Punishment. Out of the thirteen people who disagreed or did not know if they agreed with Capital Punishment, all agreed it was either inhumane or not an issue people should be able to decide on. Out of twenty people eleven decided, "a life for a life," is fair. Everyone agreed that our justice system in Britain is wrong and should be changed. Sixteen people said that the most humane form of Capital punishment is the gas chamber. A majority also felt that bringing the death penalty back into force in Britain would help prevent various crimes. ...read more.

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Death occurs from six to eighteen minutes. This form of execution has been used 31 times in America. It is still authorised for use in the states of Arizona, California, Maryland, Missouri and Wyoming. This form of execution was used during the Holocaust to kill many Jews. The firing squad has been used twice in America since its reintroduction in 1977 and is popular in many Middle Eastern countries. It is estimated that since 1600, 340 men have been killed. A team of five aims at the convict's torso, four of the five have guns containing blanks so the killer is unknown. One of the executions occurred in 1977, the convict was Gary Mark Gilmore and his lasts words were, "Let's do it," these words have become famous and have been used in the film, "The Executioners Song." In 1996 John Taylor chose this method instead of the lethal injection to, "make it as difficult for the state as possible." Both executions took place in Utah. The firing squad is still legal in Idaho, Utah and Oklahoma. The lethal injection was first used in 1976. The criminal is attached to the bed with wrist and ankle restraints. Two saline intravenous drips are started in each arm. A sodium Thiopental injection then leaves the patient unconscious and paralysed, Pancuronium Bromide stops respiration and Potassium Chloride stops the heart. ...read more.

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He had committed Massachusetts's worst homicide ever. As Massachusetts does not have the death penalty he will be given life imprisonment. If he is claimed to be insane the sentence will be reduced drastically. I disagree with this as he took seven innocent people's lives and he is guilty so his life should be taken. This is why I believe mental illness should make no difference to a sentence, as, if he is proven to be mentally ill, his sentence will be reduced. He still committed the worst homicide ever in Massachusetts. He may receive a less serious punishment than a sane person committing murder. With a reduced sentence he could be released and, with this mental problem, is more likely to commit the crime again than a sane person, yet his sentence could be less. If the death penalty was brought back I feel that the serious crime rate would reduce. I think bringing back Capital Punishment would give protection to the public from dangerous criminals. I also believe it is a fair punishment, if the convict has taken innocent peoples lives, to take their life away as it is, "reaping what you sow." My opinion has not changed by studying Capital Punishment. I still think the judicial system in Britain is wrong. My opinion has been swayed more towards reinstating Capital Punishment. "Isn't our justice system good to those who kill?" Famous words from John X before his execution in Ohio. ...read more.

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