Capital Punishment Is The Legal Authorization Of State Sanctioned Execution

1007 Words May 7th, 2015 5 Pages
Capital punishment is the legal authorization of state sanctioned execution as punishment for a crime through various means; electrocution, decapitation, lethal injection and hanging. It is seen as a form of ‘retribution’ for the inconvenience of victims and thus need to be compensated for such actions. Capital punishment was set in Australia during the 19th century as used for crimes such as sexual assaults, murder, manslaughter, burglary, forgery, however, during this time the Australian population was still at very minimal numbers in terms of modern day. Since the Australian federation in 1901, only 114 individuals have been executed, identically towards the numbers who have been executed in South Africa during 1984. The last person to have faced capital punishment is Ronald Ryan in 1967, Victoria by hanging; and the death penalty was abolished by s.4 of the Death Penalty Abolition Act in 1973, which was later amended by the Crimes Amendment Act, 1985. As laws are set to reflect the values and ethics of society, these changing factors lead towards the abolishment of capital punishment to be operation within Australia, and thus the proving the Justice system’s need to balance the rights of victims, offenders and society with just outcomes. An example of this would be the case of the Bali 9 duo and their execution due to breaking of Indonesian law.
Indonesia introduced capital punishment in 1975 as a means to halt the flow of narcotics trafficking throughout Asia, as…

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