The Death Penalty As a Form of Justice Around the World Essay

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The Death Penalty As a Form of Justice Around the World


The death penalty is a subject that has become very big in the 21st century. Many centuries ago the death penalty is something that was widely practiced in almost all cultures. This revenge sort of action was the only way some old civilizations felt could really prevent criminals from breaking the law. The USA today is almost left alone among nations when it comes to the death penalty and the U.S. government does not have a problem with that.

Arguments for the death penalty: Capital punishment permanently removes the worst criminals from society and should prove much cheaper and safer for the rest of us than long term. It is self evident that
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Arguments against the death penalty:

The death penalty has a lot of problems. What if someone was executed one day, and then a year later, thanks to new technology; they find that the person executed was in fact innocent! They cannot then just release him from jail because he is dead. This is not a fictional scenario either because we all know that in today's changing world, technological advancements are not uncommon. What would they then say to the family of victims, the murdered and wrongly murdered? Another problem is that it is not doing what it was intended to, stop crime. The U.S. should look to European nations whom have been operating for much longer than the U.S. to get some insight. Crime and murder rates are far less in those countries than they are in America. Shouldn't this be taken into consideration by the U.S. government? I think they should adopt successful approaches to problems from other countries. I think at least giving it a shot would not hurt, just to see if the numbers decrease or increase. The reality is that the death penalty is not something that is going to change in the U.S. overnight, but if they elect a non-violent leader, they should see some changes.

Examples around world:

- During 2005, at least 2,148 people were executed in 22 countries (approx).
- In 2005, 94 per cent of all known executions took place in China, Iran, Saudi Arabia and the USA.
- Based on public reports available, Amnesty
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