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The most severe of all sentences is in fact the death penalty Also known as capital punishment its the most severe form of corporal punishment as it requires law enforcement officers to kill the offender 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 Like they say An Eye for and eye or a life for a life as it applies in this case The Bible mentions it and people have been using it regularly for centuries 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 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 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 There are three major issues in the capital punishment debate the first being deterrence the second being retribution and the last is the danger of mistake A major purpose of criminal punishment is to prevent future criminal conduct The deterrence theory suggests that a rational person will avoid criminal behavior if the severity of the punishment outweighs the benefits of the illegal conduct It is believed that fear of death deters people from committing crimes That if attached to certain crimes
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