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Capital Punishment Essay

  • Submitted by: Lynners8
  • on March 11, 2012
  • Category: History
  • Length: 1,005 words

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Capital punishment is also referred to the death penalty. It is the execution of a convicted criminal by the state as punishment for crimes known as capital crimes. Some states do not believe in capital punishment nor do they allow it. The United States, Guatemala most of the Caribbean and the majority of Asia and Africa (Botswana) keep it. Some of the crimes that often lead to the death penalty are: premeditated murder, espionage, treason, sexual crimes like rape, adultery and sodomy. Botswana was found to have been 1 of 25 countries in 2006 that carried out an execution. The United States was also 1 of those 25 countries to carry out the death penalty. The United States actually tallied at 53 executions that year.

The United States Justice System works a little like this. The majority of criminal cases are resolved by plea bargains. A plea bargain is basically an agreement between the prosecutor and the defendant. Sometimes they will plea, meaning admit to, a certain crime they committed in return for a lesser sentence. Sometimes a plea bargain is even agreeing to life in person so they don’t have to actually have the death penalty. Another way a case is resolved in the United States is by Probation or Parole. Probation is the suspension of jail time. You will still be able to live in your town but you will be under supervision of a probation officer and also have strict rules you have to follow. Parole is a release of a prisoner before the prison sentence is up. Once you mess up while on parole you will more than likely be sent back to jail. Some of the methods used in the United States to execute people are: Decapitation, Electrocution, Firing Squad, Gas Chamber, Hanging, Lethal Injection, Shooting, Stoning, Nitrogen asphyxiation. Some of the methods they used to use were Boiling, Breaking wheel, burning, crucification, Crushing, disembowelment, dismemberment, drawing and quartering, execution by elephant, flaying, impaling, sawing and slow slicing.

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