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Capital punishment is the lawful infliction of the death penalty and since ancient times has been used as punishment for a wide variety of offenses Software Toolworks Encyclopedia Capital Punishment The standard for this judgment is that the punishment must be based on the severity of the offense Murder for example is widely considered an offense meriting the death penalty- In which case is called a capital offense-or life imprisonment Software Toolworks Encyclopedia Crime A central principal of a just society is that each person is given the right to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness irreguardless of the crime that is committed society is not justified in denying the right to life through the institution of capital punishment Throughout history various forms of capital punishment have been put to use from stoning in biblical times crucifixion under the Romans beheading in France to those we use in the United Stated today Software Toolworks Encyclopedia Capital Punishment As such capital punishment is imposed in thirty-eight states and two more are considering its reinstatement however there is also a debate on how quickly the sentence to death should be carried out This debate has left almost three thousand inmates awaiting execution Carro 631 The present forms of capital punishment range from lethal injection to electrocution Peacenets Prison Information Desk npag Used as a method of execution electrocution makes the body a conductor for approximately five amperes of current at two thousand volts Auburn State Prison in New York was the first to use the electric chair in 1890 and it temporarily became the main form of execution However lethal injection has since surpassed electrocution in its frequency Lethal injection consists of the convicted criminal being injected with a deadly dose of barbiturates via an intravenous tube The process resembles the method used for a patient undergoing anesthesia before surgery Software Toolworks Encyclopedia
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