Capital Punishment And The Death Penalty

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Capital punishment is defined as “a form of sentencing where the convicted person is ordered to death by the court system (Dotson and Carter, 2012, p.1). Capital punishment also known as the death penalty is one of the most controversial issues in today’s society. Many supporters and opponents of the death penalty debate over whether it is constitutional, whether it is inhumane, and whether it deters crime. Some abolitionists view the death penalty as immoral because it violates an individual’s right to life. Other opponents of the death penalty feel that the state should not be allowed to take the life of an individual. Supporters of capital punishment believe it is necessary in society. They assert that it serves as a more appropriate form of punishment as opposed to life in prison. Many people also favor the death penalty because they believe executing an individual will not allow them to commit crimes in the future. Research provides many different arguments in favor of and against the death penalty.
General knowledge about the history of capital punishment is vital in understanding the views of supporters and opponents of capital punishment. Iuliano (2015, p.1379) found that more than thirteen thousand people in the United States were sentenced to death between 1775 and 1974. During this time, the methods of capital punishment were examined and viewed as constitutional. According to Bailey (2003, p.37), no executions were carried out between 1967 and…
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