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

Should Capital Punishment be allowed or not?

Extracts from this document...


Should Capital Punishment be allowed or not? According to a dictionary a crime is `an act punishable by law, as being forbidden by statute or injurious to the public welfare'. Sounds straight forward, but particularly the way that crime is interpreted and acted upon is very controversial. One of these controversial matters is capital punishment. Basically capital punishment is the death sentence as punishment for crimes such as murder. Whether capital punishment should be allowed or not has led to a lot of arguments. The Arguments: Some may say capital punishment is a bit too far, as they are concerned that someone could be wrongly accused and this is only found out about after he/she has been executed. Against this people may dispute that murder cases are investigated so thoroughly that mistakes like this would not happen. ...read more.


The pro-hanging lobby uses the argument that a person about to commit a murder would think twice if he knew that he might be executed if he was found out. Statistics show that this is untrue as murder rates in places where the death sentence is enforced usually show no difference or sometimes are higher than that in places without a death penalty, even when they are neighbouring U.S. states. Some have the opinion that when a convicted criminal is sentenced to life it should mean life not twenty-five or usually fewer years. So the convicts should be imprisoned until they die or be executed by means of electric chair or lethal injection etc. Over 85% of people in USA voted in agreement for the death penalty, and it is estimated that a similar amount in Britain would feel the same way. ...read more.


I think that the pro hanging lobby's main argument of `a person may think twice about committing a murder if they knew he might be executed' is disproved by the murder rate statistics. I think that you can't really counter the statement `life should mean life not twenty-five years' otherwise why is it called a life sentence. I also agree that it is the government's job to put in place some system of law and order or there would just be anarchy. Overall I think that capital punishment should only be allowed in cases where it is dead certain who has committed the crime, so to stop people being executed for things that they haven't done. I believe that it is something that will be argued about for many years to come and it will be a very long time until it will be decided upon. ...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. An Essay on Crime, what Capital Punishment is, my own view and also the ...

    This teaching tells us to be generous. If someone does something to offend you, you should forgive them. Another biblical reading that backs up the view against capital punishment is "A woman caught in adultery" in Johns gospel (John 8:3-11). It says: "The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman who had been caught committing adultery.

  2. Capital Punishment should not be allowed ...

    Cost is way more expensive than keeping the person in prison for life. In 1991, state of America, New Jersey paid off 500 police officers and at the same time it was preceding the death penalty which was to cost approximately $16 million per year which is higher than the

  1. The British Penal System

    The boys involved were Robert Thompson and Jon Venables. The two murderers were deservedly jailed and the home secretary at the time Michael Howard over ruled the judge's decision at the trial and said the boys should serve an eight year sentence for the killing and imposed a 15 year minimum sentence.

  2. Is an eye for an eye a legal remedy in the 21st century?

    Article 1 of the Torture Convention defines torture, in part, as: any act by which severe pain or suffering . . . is intentionally inflicted on a person .

  1. Capital punishment - One of the most controversial debates that rages constantly in this ...

    Many death penalty opponents say that the capital punishment should never be used in a case where the jury or judge is not 100% sure of guilt. They say that, because it is impossible to ever be 100% sure about anything, the death penalty should not be used when someone might be innocent.

  2. Capital punishment as a deterrent of capital crimes in America

    This, taken with the fact that the death penalty was abolished from 1968-1977, shows that regardless of the practice of capital punishment, homicide rates fluctuate for many reasons. A state-by-state approach, considering abolition and reinstatement of the death penalty, shows that capital crime rates are unaffected by either (McNamara 190).

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