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The death penalty is a major issue that brings up a lot of arguments in our society The most important question concerning the death penalty is whether it should beabolished or not I think that the death penalty is the ultimate denial of human rights Itviolates the right to life as proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights It isthe ultimate cruel inhuman and degrading punishment Race social and economic statuslocation of crime and pure chance may be deciding factors in death sentencing Inaddition prosecutors seek the death penalty far more frequently when the victim of thehomicide is white than when the victim is black The actual cost of an execution issubstantially higher than the cost of imprisoning a person for lifeDeath was formerly the penalty for all felonies in English law In practice thedeath penalty was never applied as widely as the law provided as a variety of procedureswere adopted to decrease the harshness of the law Many offenders who committedcapital crimes were pardoned usually on condition that they agreed to be transported towhat were then the American colonies others were allowed what was known as benefit ofclergyPloski 2 The beginning of benefit of clergy was that offenders who wereestablished priests were subject to trial by the church courts rather than the non-religiouscourts If the offender convicted of a felony could show that he had be ordained he wasallowed to go free subject to the possibility of being punished by the ecclesiastical courts In medieval times the only proof of ordination was literacy and it became the custom bythe 17th century to allow anyone convicted of a felony to escape the death sentence byIn 18th-century England concern with rising crime led to many statutes eitherextending the number of offenses punishable with death or doing away with benefit ofclergy for existing felonies which as a result became capitalBlack 2 By the end of the18th-century English criminal law contained about 200 capital offenses Many offenderswho
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