Should Capital Punishment be legal in the U.K?

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Should Capital Punishment be legal in the U.K?

A poll taken showed that 60% of citizens in the United Kingdom wanted Capital Punishment re-instated, even more people wanted it in cases of murder with Police Officers or children involved.
Capital Punishment is the most severe deterrent or retribution in existence and aims to deter future obligates from committing such heinous crimes for which the death penalty would be apportioned. The principal of this being that the ‘future criminal’ will be so afraid that the idea would be banished from their mind. This form of punishment also helps to protect society from such horrific crimes. Some Christians believe that it is more important that society is protected than the reform of the
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Anyone reading the Old Testament list of thirty six capital crimes, might think that Judaism is in favour of capital punishment. However, they would be incorrect. Jewish courts very rarely imposed the death penalty; the state of Israel has abolished the death penalty for any crime that is now likely to be tried there. In recent times many Rabbis have actually taken lots of measurements to ensure that it will not happen again. Interpreting texts in the context of Judaism 's general respect for the sanctity of human life, emphasising anti-death texts such as the commandment 'Thou shalt not kill ', interpreting texts to make them very narrow in their application, refusing to accept any but the most explicit Torah texts proposing the death penalty, finding alternative punishments, or schemes of compensation for victims ' families, imposing procedural and evidential barriers that made the death penalty practically unenforceable.
Overall Judaism appears to be the religion most against the Capital Punishment as a whole form. Christians don’t have any strict rules to say that it should be forbidden and this is also the case for Muslims. Buddhism is mostly against it as ‘punishing an offender with excessive cruelty will injure not just the offender 's mind, but also the mind of the person doing the punishing.’ Another Religion which believes that peace and forgiveness should be used rather than pain and punishment is
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