The Death Penalty

There have been many controversies in the history of the United States, ranging from abortion to gun control, but capital punishment has been one of the most widely contested issues in recent decades. Capital punishment is the legal infliction of on persons convicted of a major crime. It isn’t meant to inflict pain or torture, but rather another form of punishment. It removes the punished criminals from society forever, instead of letting them sit in prison.
has been imposed through out history for a variety of crimes ranging from petty theft to murder. Many ancient societies accepted the idea of capital punishment for many crimes. Turkish law supports the idea of an eye for an eye, a ...

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adopted a new law, in 1974, to distinguish the different degrees of murder and used mostly for premeditated murder, murders which are planned out before they are executed. was also confined to crimes of murder, including felony murder. A felony murder is any homicide committed in the course of committing another felony such as rape of robbery. After the 1972 court ruling that all but a few capital statutes were unconstitutional, thirty-seven states revised and reenacted their death penalty laws. The 1989 Supreme Court decided that could be used on those who were mentally retarted or under age (but 16 years and over) at the time of the killing.
Through out history, many governments have been very creative in finding ways to execute people. Common types of historical execution included crucifixion, or the act of being nailed to a cross until death, burning, or setting someone on fire, decapitation, the act of chopping ones head off, or shooting and hanging. Today, these ...

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result in a death sentence, and of those, only 0.1
percent are actually executed. (Lowe 2)
Abolitionists believe that capital punishment doesn’t discourage murderers from killing. They have based most of their evidence against deterrence on statistics not facts. According to abolitionists, states that use the death penalty generally show a higher murder rate than those who don’t use the death penalty and states that have terminated the death penalty and then reinstated it show no significant change in the murder rate. Any possibility of preventing a would be murderer from killing has little or no effect. I beg to differ these points.
Arthur Gary Bishop, who raped and ...

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