should the death penalty be reinstated in the uk?

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Should the death penalty be reinstated in the UK?
The restoration of the death penalty for serious crimes is an issue of debate in the UK because of the recent rise in violent crime. It is said that at least 17,833 people are under the sentence of the death penalty worldwide as of 31 December 2010. The death penalty or otherwise known as the capital punishment is a legal process where a person is put to death by the state as a punishment for a crime. Currently it is only allowed in 32 states and has come to discussion if the death penalty should be reinstated back in the UK.
The death penalty is never the right choice. In America last year fifty three people were executed, and at this time in the USA over 3500 people are on death row.
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However it can be argued that prison does not always deter criminals and that having a secure life with enough food, clothing and recreation in prison is not a sufficient punishment for criminals that deserve to die and that citizens should not have to pay to house murderers in prison. They also a some believe that when prisoners get released that the public are not safe from these criminals and could easily repeat the crime again, for example in an article it was said a rapist raped and beat 3 women, and was set to serve up to 25 years in prison, but due to "good behaviour" he gets out in 6 and a half years. Then within 5 months he strikes again, twice, and now he set to serve another 35 years, he needed the death penalty. Although of this unfortunate incident, the majority of people on death row have indeed committed horrible crimes, for the most part rape and murder. They obviously need to pay for these crimes, but I feel like life in prison is a fit punishment. If we as a society support putting people to death, we are essentially stooping to the level of the criminal. Punishing death with death is hypocritical.
Finally many people say that they do not want thier taxes to go to feed criminals in prison however Statistics from the Death Penalty Information Centre show that Maryland has spent “$186 million dollars on five executions” and California’s cost is roughly “$90,000 per year per inmate. With
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