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Is Capital Punishment Justified?

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Is Capital Punishment Justified? Although capital punishment has been abolished in the UK since 1965, some people still firmly believe that it should be brought back. In many countries the death penalty is still enforced, although it has been scientifically proven that the death penalty does not have a greater effect on the reduction of homicides than life imprisonment. In the 18th century the death penalty was never applied as widely as the law provided, due to procedures adopted to moderate the harshness of the law. Many offenders who committed capital crimes were pardoned, usually on the condition that they agreed to de transported to America. In the early 1900's the death penalty was scarcely used. ...read more.

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A survey conducted for the UN in 1996 on the death penalty and homicide rates concluded: "Research has failed to provide scientific proof that executions have a greater deterrent rate than life imprisonment and such proof is unlikely to be forth coming. The evidence as a whole still gives no positive support the deterrent hypothesis..." In Britain, 1903 was the record year for executions and yet in 1904 the number of homicides actually rose. 1941 saw an unusually high number executions followed in 1947 by another rise in murder rate. If the deterrence theory was correct then it should have fallen. Although in Canada the murder rate went down after abolition of the death penalty deterrence means it should have risen. ...read more.

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Christie was later hanged in 1953. Recently there has been several cases where people have been released from prison several years later, after it was proven that they did not commit the murders they were accused of. If capital punishment was still enforced, the likelihood of the convicted being sentenced on death row is probable and would mean they wouldn't be able to be released. My personal view is that capital punishment should not be brought back in the UK because murder is murder, including the death penalty. I find it hypocritical and ironic of the government to kill someone for his or her actions of killing another human being. A country or state should set an example to society by not condemning murder, which is what they set out to prove. Many murder intentions are due to sociological problems that need to be dealt with in a more acceptable manner. ...read more.

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