Discuss the arguments for and against the re-introduction of the death penalty in the UK for crimes of murder.

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Discuss the arguments for and against the re-introduction of the death penalty in the UK for crimes of murder.

Capital punishment is the act of executing somebody as a punishment for a crime that they have committed. Despite being around since the eighteenth century B.C, the death penalty was abolished in 1965 in the United Kingdom. Since then there has been a large amount of controversy and debate surrounding the matter, with some people wishing for capital punishment to be reintroduced for crimes of murder; this essay will review some of the arguments.
Since the abolition of capital punishment on 9th November 1965, there has been a significant increase in the rate of homicide in the United Kingdom. In 1965 the murder rate was
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Regardless of the incident involving John Wayne Gacy, the death penalty is not always painful and cruel. For example, in America only ten have endured complications out of 1,328 since 1976. When a murderer is to be killed by electric chair, one of the conductors will be strapped around the head, which will be shaven and wet. This allows the electricity to be conducted straight to the brain, and the process is so fast that the brain will not have time to process pain. The second method is hanging, which causes death by snapping the neck and instantly stopping the brain from communicating with the rest of the body. This causes the heart to stop within seconds. Another method is death by firing squad, where five men shoot the heart of the condemned with high-powered rifles, killing them in seconds. These are the main methods that are used to enforce capital punishment, and they cause little pain to the offender. Nevertheless, they will most likely endure far less pain than their victims.

In contrast to the previous argument, an argument against the death penalty would be the cost; it costs taxpayers far more than keeping someone in prison for life. This is due to the endless appeals and procedures required, and it is not unusual for a murderer to be on death row for 15-20 years in the USA. Since so many appeals and procedures are

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