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In the past people have invariably felt that if they hadbeen wronged in some way it was his or her right to takevengeance on the person that had wronged them This mentalitystill exists even today but in a lesser form because the lawhas now outlined a persons rights and developed punishments thatconform to those rights yet allow for the retribution for theircrime However some feel that those laws and punishments aretoo lax and criminals of today take advantage of them ieorganized crime knowing very well that the punishments for theircrime whether it be murder theft or any other number ofcriminal activities will be so negligible that it may be wellAlthough in the past the number of crimes that weresubjected to capital punishment defined simply as the deathpenalty for a crime were outrageous Amendments were made toreflect the changes in the societys views on the morality ofcapital punishment That resulted in the narrowing down of thelist of one hundred crimes to twelve punishable by the deathpenalty in 1833 and in 1869 it was cut down yet again to justthree treason rape and murder because of violent nature ofthese crimes These crimes even today are still viewed asviolent and should be punished with the highest degree ofdiscipline available to achieve justiceAfter much public pressure capital punishment was suspendedon a trial run in 1967 This proved to be ineffective becauseeven though the law stipulated that crimes such as treason or themurder of law enforcement agents were still to be subjected tothe death penalty the federal cabinet continued to commute thosecriminals from death to life sentences hence the law was notbeing followed and justice was not being served This soon wasfollowed with capital punishments abolishment in 1976 as aformal declaration of what was already happening or rather whatwas not happening It is felt that because of this and the factthat there has not been an execution since 1967 that todayscurrent form of punishments are no longer a sufficient deterrentfor
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