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Capital Punishment Whosoever sheds mans blood by man shall his blood be shed Gen 96 This excerpt from the Bible is often quoted when a person is justifying the use of the death penalty The definition for capital punishment is the legal infliction of the death penalty in modern law corporal punishment in its most severe form This issue is highly debated and often discussed Every person seems to have an opinion on the matter I personally was on the fence for a long while concerning this issue I would often say of course if a person bludgeoned my family and friends to death I would defiantly want him to die That however is to cut and dry A person has no idea what would provoke one to kill another There are usually various reasons why one would do such a thing a bad home life use of drugs or the person has a mental illness These impairments hinder ones judgment and provoke him to commit such a crime One of the things that had the greatest impact on me associated with the death penalty occurred last year A man came to my class and spoke about his encounters with the people on death row He was a counselor for many men who committed serious crimes and saw some of them put to death He presented all the statistics about how the death penalty does not reduce the crime rate and how people who commit crimes do not think that they will be put to death As a felon a person never expects to get caught because then he would not be good at his job The motives of these people is to get what they set out for Sometimes a person will kill another just to rob them or because they are doped up Also he also spoke about how many policemen and sheriffs are against capital punishment because they see no
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