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Should Britain reintroduce the death sentence?

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Should Britain reintroduce the death sentence? The death sentence is given to people who have committed murder of any kind. It has been around for hundreds of years and has been used in many different ways. It was abolished in Britain a long time ago. This essay will look at the question 'should Britain reintroduce the death sentence?' It will contain my own comments and arguments for and against bringing back the death penalty. The death sentence can be used as to deter potential murderers from committing murder. The view is that if the potential murderer sees what the consequence is of committing murder, they will think twice about committing it. Unfortunately this does not always work because in states of anger people do not realise the consequence. However it is a relatively good way of deterring criminals because they would not want to end up dead. I think this is a good way of using the death sentence and eventually all the murders will be abolished. ...read more.

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There is also a chance that the life sentence given will not be fully carried out. Usually the convicted person is let out after just a few years. If the convict has not learnt their lesson they may still commit murder and keep doing it. However, to kill these people is a violation of Human Rights. Also, to treat these people in a bad way such as torture is a violation of human rights. The Human Rights act clearly states that humans should not be subjected to torture or degrading punishment and that it is every person's right to live life. Amnesty international also argue that ' the death penalty is wrong, it is a violation of human rights' A counter argument to this is that if every human has a right to live than what about the person who was murdered? What justice is it that the victim is derived of his/her life and the person who wrongly took that life is put in jail to live a relatively comfortable life? ...read more.

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However, if Capital Punishment were to be brought back they would be treated the same and would still be executed. This cannot be right and proves that the death sentence is unfair and a waste of time. Even if a person was not in full control of himself or herself, they still committed the murder and justice should still be paid. One could argue 'why were they not in a hospital or care home'. The family of the victim have still lost a loved one and would want justice served no matter about the mental state of the murderer. My personal view is that the death sentence should be brought back to Britain. Both sides make a very good argument but I think the 'for' makes a better argument. I think that if we brought back the death penalty there would be a lot less murders and Britain would be a better place to live in. Gangs would eventually be eliminated and in areas where there is more crime people would feel safer because eventually the gangs and yardies etc would be gone. ...read more.

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