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Crime is inevitably one of the biggest problems that faces the modern world today It can be found all over the world whether in large cities or small villages Over time society has tried to find ways to deal with crime Such methods include community service paying a fine serving some time in prison and in the case of more serious crimes the death penalty This is the case in some states in the US where persons have been executed for aggravated assault rape kidnapping armed robbery sabotage and espionage Advocates for capital punishment feel that it deters criminals from committing crime and that if the criminal is not executed the risk later extends to the community as such persons may escape or be pardoned or paroled Although believers in the death penalty feel that it deters people from committing violent crime and is a variable solution for protecting society capital punishment is immoral it cannot be proved to be a deterrent it violates the principle of double effect it is often applied with inequities is condemned by the Church as heresy and should be eradicated Before an actual argument in favour of the eradication of the death penalty it is important to define what capital punishment actually is Capital punishment is the execution of a criminal under death sentence imposed by competent public authority It is derived from the Roman word caput meaning the head the life or the civil rights of an individual Unlike the revenge of a single person this penalty is a manifestation of the communities will to vindicate its laws and systems of justice The death penalty was used in ancient times as well The earliest historical records contain evidence of capital punishment It was mentioned in the Code of Hammurabi a collection of laws and edicts by Babylonian king Hammurabi that date from the first half of the 18th century BC The Bible prescribed death as the
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