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The most severe of all sentences that of death Also known as the death penalty capital punishment is the most severe form of corporal It has been banned in many countries in the United States an earlier move to eliminate capital punishment has now been reversed and more and more states are resorting to capital punishment for serious offenses such as murder An Eye for and eye a life for a life who has never heard of the famous lex talionis The Bible mentions it and people have been using it regularly for centuries We use it in reference to burglary adultery love and many other situations However some people use it on a different level some people use it in reference to death One steals from those who have stolen from him one wrongs those who have wronged him but do we really have the right to kill those who have killed Today there is a big controversy over capital punishment whether or not it works or if it is morally right We have a certain privilege on our own lives but do the lives of others belong to us as well Do we have the right to decide the kind of lives others can or cannot live We find someone guilty of murder and sentence him to death does that not make murderers out of ourselves Can justice justify our acts Those who assist in the death penalty are they not partners in crime Is the death penalty a Cruel and Unusual punishment or is it now a necessary tool in the war on crime With the increase in crime and violence in our society how does the death penalty affect a North American family History of the Death Penalty Use of the death penalty has declined throughout the industrial Western World since the 19th century In 1972 movement in America to have the death penalty declared unconstitutional during the landmark
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