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Capital Punishment

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Capital punishment definition is the dictionary is: punishment by death for a crime; death penalty. Capital Punishment has been used as a infliction of punishment since ancient times because in ancient times they would have seen the barbaric punishment as a good way to punish someone who has killed or plotted treason or something like that. It was also used to suppress political dissent and even military reasons. The death penalty's rejection started in Europe started in 1750's and it was lead by people in such academic power such as the French philosopher, Voltaire. These academic figures argued that capital punishment was unneeded, it cruel, there were other alternatives and it was to overrated and most of the time it was used in unnecessary and fatal error and wrongs like this could not be corrected. Quakers, a denomination of Christianity, along with other life groups decided to follow the notion for life imprisonment as a better notion to the death penalty because the prisoner would be able to decide what they did is wrong. ...read more.


Also some may argue that life imprisonment may not be just enough for the juvenile to serve as their sentence because especially previous offenders and normal offenders may not be affected by the prospect of spending at least 25 years in jail and the fact that a life sentence may only prove costly in the long-term. The money use for life-term offenders could be used on something which the money is needed for. But in some countries it has proved an effective punishment like in countries like Singapore where the crime rate has gone down because execution is an absolute certainty when a juvenile has committed such a serious crime, so it serves as effective deterrent. On the other hand people still have many a reasons to question the death penalty. Those who are against it argue that innocent people who have been sentenced wrongly by the court of law and their families cannot be compensated by the court of law for their wrongdoings because you cannot bring the people back to life. ...read more.


It may well be that the murder rate would be the same today if we had retained and continued to use the death penalty. It is impossible to say that only this one factor affects the murder rate. From about the time of the Second World War there was a lot analysis of the situation Britain and the death penalty seems to be strong deterrent to people like criminal murderers for instance when doing something and intentionally going to kill. But they found out that it was a very poor deterrent to domestic murders, ones that just happen in the heat of the moment. So where a crime was thought about in advance the criminal had time to consider the consequences of their action and plan differently. For instance they may decide to rob a bank at the weekend to avoid coming into contact with the staff and to do so without carrying firearms. So overall I don't think capital punishment would have that much of effect on Britain's small crime issue but may prove to be effective on very severe crimes. ...read more.

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