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Justifiable Homicide at the Hands of the State Several problems exist in society today and we are doing everything we could to correct these complications and to possibly diminish them Some are as minor as traffic violations and some are as serious as deaths Many innocent lives are being taken due to the careless and unforgivable acts of a few people Something has to be done to stop this from happening In other words we as society need to play our part in preventing these nightmares and tragedies from taking place This is where capital punishment which Websters School and Office Dictionary defines as punishment by death for a crime the death penalty can play a crucial role p 125 The death penalty is a form of punishment that when applied in the correct context is morally and ethically justified by the philosophies that shape our society If capital punishment was legalized in all fifty states and was carried out more frequently our countrys problems would significantly decrease Family and friends of the victim would feel better knowing that the punishment of the criminal would fit the crime and less innocent lives would be taken as well Roark 58 We are not the first civilization to invoke the death penalty Both Biblically and historically the death penalty was found to be an effective method to end the criminal acts of convicted offenders For instance in ancient Israel it was socially acceptable to throw stones at an adulterous woman until she died from the injuries New Oxford Annotated Bible 563-OT In the colonial periods of our great nation and even in more modern circumstances worldwide treason is a crime punishable by death Shields 2 In recent times the culture of the United States has become more humane in its methods of execution No longer will crowds of townspeople gather at the square to witness the hanging of
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