Arguments For and Against the Reintroduction of the Death Penalty for Murder

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Arguments For and Against the Reintroduction of the Death Penalty for Murder

The death penalty was abolished in the United Kingdom in 1965. (Blackwell 1968.)

The abolishment of the death penalty was not a simple case. Since 1957 the issue had

been before the House of Commons more than 19 times. However the death penalty is

still used today in many countries across the world. During the year 2000 at least 3,058

people were sentenced to death in 65 different countries. (www.amnesty.org 2001.) This

essay will discuss arguments for and against the reintroduction of the death penalty for

murder.

One of the most straight forward arguments for the reintroduction of the
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He also went on to say that he knew a professional

burglar who carried out his jobs without ever using a fire-arm because of the fear of

capital punishment. (Sorell 1987.)

Taylor (1982) argued that supporters of the death penalty do not simply want to kill

more people or get revenge. Evidence shows supporters of the death penalty believe that

it leads to the saving of innocent lives. (Sorell 1987.)

Hudson (1996: 119) pointed out that executions were made as painless as possible. He

stated that:

Where the right to life is removed, in capital punishment it is the

withdrawal of the right that is the penalty, not the infliction of the

pain, which is why jurisdictions which retain the death penalty are

concerned with whether or not death is instantaneous and does not

leave the condemned in minutes of agony.

Although the reintroduction of the death penalty for murder may well result in some

wrongful executions Pawsey argued that it was "justifiable if the number of innocent

lives saved by capital punishment was greater than the number lost through wrongful

conviction and execution." (Sorell, 1987: 47)

The Just Deserts theory is inflicting pain on the offender proportional to his offence.

(Sorell 1987.) The

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