The Debate over Capital Punishment

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Capital punishment dates back to the 18th Century B.C. The use and practice of the death penalty was administered in different ways such as crucifixion. This method required the accused to be nailed to a wood cross for display, so members of society could witness the execution. Other early methods of capital punishment where performed by beheading, beating or burning the accused. During the 1600’s the preferred method of execution in America displayed for public viewing was by hanging. The current methods developed for execution in recent decades include death by the electric chair, gas chamber or lethal injection. The death penalty has been administered for various reasons ranging from petty crimes to murder and treason. Forms of capital punishment have been labeled as inhumane, and individual states have abolished capital punishment. Death penalty practices have moved towards becoming “more humane”; in addition, a number of states are looking to abolish the death penalty due to costs. The process of capital punishment has been an experiment of trial and error, punishment is punishment, and the punishment should fit the crime. Either society pays to keep people alive with no chance of rehabilitation, or society decides to cut their losses and put people to death. Either way a life is destroyed. Capital punishment should not be abolished it should be utilized.
The death penalty is a very debatable issue in many aspects. The main argument seems to revolve around religious organizations in our country, and the argument that a human has no right to take the life of another human holds some validly. Inga Floto states “You can say that the human life is so valuable that we do not have the right to take it away. But you can also say...

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