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Capital Punishment A Means of Cleaning up the World Capital punishment or the execution of a criminal was once a common activity throughout the world It became ordinary in the Middle Ages and was inflicted for a large number of crimes Because the methods used then such as burning at the stake and slow strangulation were not democratic capital punishment slowly died It returned however with methods such as lethal injection and the electric chair Many people believe these methods are not democratic either therefore some states are declaring capital punishment as illegal The ethical issues facing this process are numerous but the costs to our society without it are even greater In the next few paragraphs I will prove that capital punishment is more suitable than life in prison and the oppositions to it such as the ethicality religion and cruel and unusual punishment laws can easily be dismissed Each year in the United States three hundred people are given the death sentence but of those three hundred only fifty or sixty are actually executed Eckholm A1 In Anger and Ambivalence free lance writer David Kaplan of Newsweek says that the rare inmate to die hangs on close to ten years before meeting the executioner 24 Over the years capital punishment has become a long and tedious process involving unnecessary court cases and thousands of appeals Many judges are afraid of seeking the death penalty resulting in thousands of inmates stuck on death row These judges fear one of the rare cases where the inmate is innocent but receives execution The questions dealing with capital punishment must be answered and the system must be sped up If the capital punishment process were more common taxpayers would save money Every year millions of tax dollars are spent keeping inmates on death row We as taxpayers are forced to pay for the inmates food recreational activities clothes attorneys and educational facilitators such as books
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