Capital Punishment Should be Abolished

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Capital punishment is the punishment of death for a crime given by the state. It is used for a variety of crimes such as murder, drug trafficking and treason. Many countries also have the death penalty for sexual crimes such as rape, incest and adultery. The lethal injection, the electric chair, hanging and stoning are all methods of execution used throughout the world. Capital punishment has been around since ancient times; it was used in ancient Rome, and one of the most famous people to be crucified was Jesus Christ. Capital punishment is now illegal in many countries, like the United Kingdom, France and Germany, but it is also legal in many other countries such as China and the USA. There is a large debate on whether or not capital…show more content…
Joanna Yeates was an architect who was only 25 years old when she was murdered. Her murderer, Vincent Tabak, was described by Yeates’ family as not showing any remorse for his actions, and her family released a statement that said “For us, it is with regret that capital punishment is not a possible option for his sentence.” They wanted justice to be served for Joanna, and believed this would only be possible if her murderer received the death penalty. However, because it is illegal in the UK, Tabak received a punishment of being jailed for life for at least 20 years. Thirdly, capital punishment is believed to be morally right as there is no risk of a prisoner escaping if they are sentenced to death. When dangerous prisoners escape, the lives of nearby citizens are put in danger; this wouldn’t be the case if the prisoner received the death penalty. On 17 September 2012, 131 inmates escaped from a Mexican prison. Many of these inmates were highly dangerous, and the lives of nearby people were put in danger. If capital punishment were legal in Mexico, some of these inmates may have received the death penalty, not escaped and therefore not put anyone in danger. On the other hand, many believe the death penalty should remain illegal in Britain and be made illegal all over the world because there is no proof to support the theory that it acts as a deterrent. The murder rate in death penalty states in the USA is higher than the
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