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Should Capital Punishment be brought back?

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Should Capital Punishment be brought back? For my English assignment I have been asked to consider the question whether or not capital punishment should be brought back. I am going to be concentrating on America because it is the closest to our style of culture. Capital punishment refers to the taking of life of someone who has been found guilty of committing a crime. Some of the earlier methods were crucifixion, boiling in oil, drawing and quartering, impalement, beheading, burning alive, crushing, tearing asunder, stoning and drowning. In the United States, the death penalty is currently authorized in one of five ways: hanging, electrocution (introduced by New York State in 1890), the gas chamber (adopted in Nevada in 1923), firing squad which is used only in Utah, or lethal injection (introduced in 1977 by Oklahoma). In most nations that still retain the death penalty for some crimes, hanging or the firing squad are the preferred methods of execution. In some countries that adhere strictly to the traditional practices of Islam, beheading or stoning is still occasionally employed as punishment. ...read more.

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In 1972 the US Supreme Court ruled the death penalty unconstitutional and halted all executions. Executions resumed in 1977 and have been increasing since that time. In 2003, 65 inmates were executed, 6 fewer than in 2002. Executions, 1930-2003 In 2002, 71 persons in 13 States were executed -- 33 in Texas; 7 in Oklahoma, 6 in Missouri; 4 each in Georgia and Virginia, 3 each in Florida, South Carolina, and Ohio; 2 each in Alabama, Mississippi, and North Carolina; and 1 each in Louisiana and California. Of persons executed in 2002: -- 53 were white -- 18 were black Of those executed in 2002: -- 69 were men 2 were women. Lethal injection accounted for 70 of the executions; 1 was carried out by electrocution. Thirty-eight States and the Federal government in 2002 had capital statutes. The number of prisoners under sentence of death at yearend 2002 decreased for the second consecutive year. At yearend 2002, 37 States and the Federal prison system held 3,557 prisoners under sentence of death, 20 fewer than at yearend 2001. ...read more.

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The number executed was 13 fewer than in 1999. Those executed during 2000 had been under sentence of death an average of 11 years and 5 months, 6 months less than that for inmates executed in 1999. Above is a picture of where people are strapped in and given the lethal injection. I think that killing people is cruel and inhumane, but sometimes it can be justified. For example a recent story on the news was the murders of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman. In this case I think the death penalty should have been used to Ian Huntley, the man that killed these children. Below is a picture of the two girls before they were murdered and the man and who killed them and his girlfriend who withheld information. This is a picture of James Bulger, a two year old boy who was killed by two ten year olds in 1993. They beat him until he was dead and threw him on the railway lines to make it look like an accident. In my opinion you shouldn't take the life of someone even if they have murdered someone. Only God has the right to take a life, "the lord giveth and taketh" Amanda Meek 11L 1 ...read more.

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