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Capital Punishment is punishment of a crime by death The death penalty was abolished in Queensland in 1922 New South Wales in 1955 Tasmania in 1968 Victoria in 1975 South Australia in 1976 and Western Australia in 1984 Since that time debate has raged as whether or not capital punishment should be re-introduced This essay examines the case for and the case against the use of capital punishment One of the main reasons against capital punishment was abolished in Australia was that the justice system is not always correct Prime Minister John Howard has stated while I am in power the death penalty will not be re-introduced mainly because the law is never 100 per cent accurate Every justice system has flaws The potential for an innocent person to be executed would be too great and such a mistake can never be corrected In 1987 a study was published by the Stanford Law Review Evidence was found that suggests that at least 350 people between 1900 and 1985 in America might have been innocent of the crime for which they were convicted and sentenced to death Another strong reason against capital punishment is the effect on society Some people feel that permitting planned murder is totally unacceptable even if done by the state Capital punishment lowers the value of human life as seen by the general population and brutalizes society It is based on a need for revenge Capital punishment violates the belief in the human capacity for change it powerfully reinforces the idea that killing can be a proper way of responding to those who have wronged A reason in support for capital punishment is justice andor vengeance Many people feel that killing convicted murderers will satisfy their need for justice andor vengeance They feel that certain crimes are so terrible that executing the criminal is the only reasonable response Another reason given in support of capital punishment is deterrence
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