Capital Punishment

May 21st, 2016
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This Essay describes what capital punishment is and the legal offenses.

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1The historical, social, and moral aspect of capital punishmentCapital punishment was derived from a Latin word, capitalis, which refers to the head. Itis the process of a particular state taking someones life as punishment for their crimes after alegal trial. In most cases, it used as punishment for serious types of crimes such as murder.However, it is also used in relation to treason, fraud, adultery, and rape. Consequently, therehave been various debates on the use of the capital punishment for centuries. Most individualsbelieve that the legal system should not have the right to take a persons life and on the otherhand, others believe that the act would bring healing, justice, and restitution. Therefore, thefollowing essay will discuss the historical, social, and moral aspect of using capital punishmentin the implementation of justice.Historical aspects of Capital Punishment2Throughout the history, capital punishment has been widely used as punishment forvarious crimes in the attempt of retaining social order and retribution. According to Ignatieff(2005), the death penalty was first established in the Eighteenth Century B.C and by TenthCentury A.D; hanging had become the usual method of execution. The number of capital crimesincreased gradually and by the 1700s over 222 crimes were punishable by death in Britain whichlater influenced other countries into adopting the capital punishment. However, the act was notwidely accepted by everyone since

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