Capital Punishment : The Death Penalty

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• Introduction (107 words) Capital punishment, also known as the death penalty, has long been abolished in Australia since 1967. Although our country does not sentence capital punishment, other countries do, and there is a worldwide argument on the whole topic. “Capital punishment is the practice of executing someone as punishment for a specific crime after a proper legal trial.” (BBC - Ethics: Capital punishment, 2014) Capital punishment is generally used in situations where the accused has committed particularly serious crimes, but in some countries treason, adultery, rapes and type of fraud are capital crimes. This essay will outline both the ‘for’ and ‘against’ positions on the topic of capital punishment. • Arguments and Statistics For (344 words) There must be some positivity to the use of capital punishment, or it would not be used. There must be a reason for the use of capital punishment. George Walker Bush, 43rd President of the United States, declared, “I don’t think you should support the death penalty to seek revenge. I don’t think that’s right. I think the reason to support the death penalty is because it saves other people’s lives.” (Pro Death Penalty Quotes, 2014). This is indeed true. Perhaps a dangerous murderer has been caught, and he has not been sentenced to a death penalty. If he is released back to the public, there is very little chance that he will not set out to find his next victim. Obviously a dangerous murderer will not give up on his habits so
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