Capital Punishment : The Death Penalty

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Capital punishment, commonly known as the death penalty, is a legal sanctioned practice where a person is put to death by the state as a punishment for a crime that they have been found guilty of committing. Usually it is only used as a punishment for very serious crimes such as certain types of murder, but in some countries fraud, adultery and rape are capital crimes punished by the death sentence. The death penalty was historically misused, given out for minor crimes, and to triumph over rebellious political views and religious minorities. Misuse of the death penalty greatly declined in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and today it has been abolished in many countries, particularly in Europe and Latin America. However some countries are still active users of the death penalty. Annually china executes the most people with an estimated figure of 1,718. Iran, USA, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan are just a few of the many places that still use capital punishment today.
The death penalty is an issue that has the world quite divided. While there are many supporters of the death penalty there are many who are totally against it. This essay will analyse and evaluate the issue of morality and conclude, ‘to what extent is capital punishment morally right?’
The death penalty has many supporters who believe that people who are guilty of committing crime deserve to be punished. Guilty people deserve to be punished in proportion to the severity of their crime. Meaning if murder where…
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