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Capital Punishment In his report Capital Punishment the author Tom Guilmette describes how death penalty has many disadvantages as a method of punishment and justice satisfaction but is still a necessity for our society It is defined with the word capital because it is the worst and most severe of all the punishments Unlike in the past capital punishment in todays society is usually linked to capital crimes such as attempted murders or felony murders During its long history death sentence sometimes preceded by torture was commonly used to punish law offenders for various crimes even small thefts and robberies Death Penalty is the only corporal sort of punishment still active in modern society law During the last century certain ways were found for the execution method to be as less painful as possible Ways of execution in the past were very cruel such as crucifixion boiling in oil beheading burning alive tearing apart and similar Todays methods are more human like lethal injection electrocution gas chamber and less used hanging and firing squad In todays society death row convicts only alternative to capital punishment is a life sentence as a second most severe punishment First efforts towards the abolition of capital punishment were made at the end of 18th century in England and then in the United States several states revised their criminal code in mid 19th century Some of them rejected death penalty completely like Michigan and some of them reduced the number of crimes which inflicted capital punishment Today it is still active in 32 states of the US According to Guilmette capital punishment is currently one of the most controversial public issues The author also claims that more that 66 of Americans support the death penalty even though there is a mass campaign against it From some sources Guilmette has found out that people of Florida widely support capital punishment but some hesitate with their
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