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Death Penalty Introduction The death penalty had been debated for decades Many advocates are for the death penalty but many more now more than ever are taking the stance that the death penalty is cruel and unusual punishment The death penalty like any other punishment for crimes committed is meant to be a deterrent Is it time to abolish the death penalty - or make it more efficient less gruesome and more certain I am not able to answer this question with definite words and I will not even try to attempt but I will provide some facts and my own opinions on the death penalty In the United States the authorized methods of execution vary by state but include lethal injection electrocution hanging firing squad and lethal gas Although these ultimate and finite punishments exist they have never been shown to deter crime effectively as or more effectively than other punishments This shows that the death penalty is not working and its purpose is no longer valid and can very well be an inhuman and cruel punishment In a 1993 poll 44 of Americans preferred life without parole that included restitution rather than the death penalty Less Americans only 41 preferred the death penalty and 15 were not decided Given alternatives to the death penalty more Americans will choose the alternative During the early eighteenth century many persons were responsible for reforming the way punishments for crimes committed were meted Cesare Beccaria was one person who helped bring some dignity to people accused and punished for crimes In 1767 Cesare Beccaria wrote an essay On Crimes and Punishment Cesare believed that there was no justification to take another human life as a punishment for a crime committed He thought that the prevention of crimes was more important than the punishment of crimes and that punishment was not meant to provide a social revenge If the death penalty is not an
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