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Death Penalty Essay

  • Submitted by: badmedecine4u
  • on October 21, 2010
  • Category: Social Issues
  • Length: 1,781 words

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Capital Punishment

Capital Punishment
      Should the United States government and state governments use the death penalty? Capital punishment “Is the lawful infliction of death as a punishment and has been in use in the United States since 1608 (The pros and cons of capital punishment in the USA, 1).” According to history and including research of the Bible shows that capital punishment is a means of controlling crime and violence. Capital punishment “has been inflicted principally for murder and rape in the last 200 years (The pros and cons of capital punishment in the USA, 1).” In the United States the death penalty is used for other situations other then murder and rape. It’s used for federal and military crimes such as looting, insubordination and treason.
      To date there are a total of thirty-four states that are still using the death penalty. These states actually have laws allowing the death penalty, but in the remaining states where there isn’t a law supporting the death penalty it is still used in some form. An example of this would be when our law enforcement officers are on duty and they encounter violent gang members, bank robbers, hostage situations, drug runners and basically violent individuals. In these instances when our law enforcement officers engage these criminals a shoot out with the criminals often happens. As an end result during a shoot out the criminal is sometimes shot and killed. This is considered a form of capital punishment, so technically all of our states have a form of capital punishment.
      There are several forms of capital punishment used in the United States at this point in time. The types used vary from state to state that have the death penalty as law in their respective states. With all of the forms of execution used, lethal injection is the main form used today. The following are the types of execution that are presently used. Lethal injection is “the most humane form but is a very slow process”. Within a...

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