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Since the beginning of recorded history mankind has made use of the idea of capital punishment Most ancient societies accepted the notion that certain crimes deserved the death penalty The idea of a crime punishable by death dates far back to Ancient Rome and the laws passed at that time Till this day however there is still much debate as to whether or not capital punishment should be abolished Although there are numerous arguments for and against the situation the only way to fully understand something is to look at the death penalty from both standing viewpoints When discussing capital punishment many questions are asked Is it morally just Is it an effective punishment Is it applied fairly Is it successful in discouraging potential criminals While there is much evidence to show that the death penalty is in fact successful the moral and social issues governing it seem to point out that capital punishment should in fact be abolished Atkinson 1991Is capital punishment successful in discouraging potential offenders or is it simply a penalty which does not strike fear into the criminals of todays society While there is no more a harsher penalty than that of death many criminals do in fact fear the death penalty The death penalty deters murder by putting the fear of death into would be killers Atkinson 1991 A person is less likely to do something if he or she thinks that harm will come to him Another way the death penalty deters murder is the fact that if the killer is dead he will not be able to kill again Most supporters of the death penalty feel that offenders should be punished for their crimes and that it does not matter whether it will deter the crime rate Atkinson 1991 Supporters of the death penalty are in favour of making examples out of offenders and that the threat of death will be enough to deter the crime rate but
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