Should the Death Penalty Be Reintroduced Into Britian Essay

772 Words Jan 14th, 2009 4 Pages
Should capital punishment be reintroduced in Britain under any circumstances?

Capital punishment, or the death penalty, is the execution of a convicted criminal as punishment for crimes known as capital crimes or capital offences. Since ancient times capital punishment has been a punishment for crimes like murder. Stoning, crucifixion, and drowning were old ways of carrying the death penalty out. Theses days some countries (the majority of the U.S.A., Iraq and others) say that they use more ‘humane’ ways of carrying out the death penalty. Theses include the electric chair, lethal injection and hanging. The death penalty in the U.K. has been abolished now since 1969 (1999 for treason and arson on a naval base). The last two people to be
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This is because criminals appeal on death row and this cost society a fortune. Not only that the electric chair, lethal injection and hanging cost lots of money to set up the equipment. I believe that the money that could be spent on the criminals if they were given the death penalty should be use to help criminals instead. Most crimes are committed by people who have no life before prison. They decide to commit a crime because they will either be given a jail cell in the warmth or their misery will be ended if they are given the death penalty. Why not give them qualifications so they can make something of their life if they get out of prison.

‘He that smiteth a man, so that he die, shall be surely put to death.’ Exodus, chapter 21, paragraph 12. Is this right? Some people believe that capital punishment is right because the bible says so. They think that it is not wrong and they believe it is a fitting punishment but this seems ridiculous in light of the fact that one of the Ten Commandments is ‘you shall not murder’. Although the bible says that if someone commits a crime they should face some fate, do they have to face death? A jail sentence keeps the public just as safe.

These statistic, the death penalty will reduce further crimes, are used by some to claim that the death penalty is an ok method of punishment. This is not actually the case. Scientific studies have consistently failed to…