Capital punishment

Is capital punishment the solution to the prison overcrowding problems?

Should it be made legal? Is it the answer to help stop the raging crime around the world? The above questions will be answered as I prepare my argument against capital punishment?

The death penalty is the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment. It denies criminals their natural born right to life. The first established death penalty laws date as far back as the Eighteenth Century.  Death sentences were carried out by such means as crucifixion, drowning, beating to death, burning alive, and impalement. In the tenth century hanging became the usual method of execution in Britain. The number of capital crimes in Britain continued to rise throughout the next two centuries. By the 1700s, 222 crimes were punishable by death in Britain. Britain influenced America's use of the death penalty more than any other country. When European settlers came to the new world, they brought the practice of capital punishment. In many parts of the world capital punishment, also known as the death penalty, has been completely abolished in most countries. Although some countries still have it, for example in America, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, China, Egypt and a few more. From many people’s point of view capital punishment should be abolished completely and that is why there are so many arguments against it and because of protests in America, China, Europe, Canada, New Zealand, and Sweden they have abolished the death penalty completely.

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First, the death penalty has never been shown to deter crimes more effectively than other punishments. Recent studies in Oklahoma and California failed to find that capital punishment had a deterrent effect on violent crime and, in fact, found a significant increase in stranger killings and homicide rates after the death penalty had been reinstated. Most people who commit murders either do not expect to be caught or do not carefully weigh the differences between a possible execution and life in prison before they commit the act. These murders are most often committed in moments of blinding anger or ...

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