Bringing Back Capital Punishment

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Bringing Back Capital Punishment For my English assignment I have been asked to consider the question whether or not capital punishment should be brought back. I am going to be concentrating on America because it is the closest to our style of culture. Capital punishment refers to the taking of life of someone who has been found guilty of committing a crime. Some of the earlier methods were crucifixion, boiling in oil, drawing and quartering, impalement, beheading, burning alive, crushing, tearing asunder, stoning and drowning. In the United States, the death penalty is currently authorized in one of five ways: hanging, electrocution (introduced by New York State in 1890), the gas chamber (adopted in Nevada in 1923), firing squad which is used only in Utah, or lethal injection (introduced in 1977 by Oklahoma). In most nations that still retain the death penalty for some crimes, hanging or the firing squad are the preferred methods of execution. In some countries that adhere strictly to the traditional practices of Islam, beheading or stoning is still occasionally employed as punishment. Capital punishment is still used in some states of America, South Africa, China and Russia. The most common crimes committed are treason and murder. William Kemmler was the first man to be executed in the electric chair, at Auburn Prison in New York on August 7, 1890. Kemmler was convicted of murdering his girlfriend Tillie Ziegler with an axe in 1889. [IMAGE] The electric chair is used primarily in the United States to execute prisoners who have been sentenced to death. The picture shows a chair from New York State, where e... ... middle of paper ... ...is cruel and inhumane, but sometimes it can be justified. For example a recent story on the news was the murders of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman. In this case I think the death penalty should have been used to Ian Huntley, the man that killed these children. Below is a picture of the two girls before they were murdered and the man and who killed them and his girlfriend who withheld information. [IMAGE]Jessica Chapman and Holly Wells James Bulger R.I.PThis is a picture of James Bulger, a two year old boy who was killed by two ten year olds in 1993. They beat him until he was dead and threw him on the railway lines to make it look like an accident. In my opinion you shouldn't take the life of someone even if they have murdered someone. Only God has the right to take a life, "the lord giveth and taketh"

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