Capital Punishment Essay

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Pros of Capital Punishment
Capital punishment according to Phil .B, (2006), refers to a death penalty by the government of a country to a person who is found guilty of serious crimes like homicide, rape among others. Capital punishment has been a way of punishing people for many years. It has been prevalent in the United States, Asia and Middle Eastern countries. During the past two centuries many reforms on capital punishment have been made and it has been abolished in some states and countries. Executions, beheading, hanging, electrocution and lethal injection are some of the ways in which capital punishment is administered in different countries. Life imprisonment without parole has also been widely used and considered instead of death
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Witnessing the criminal offender serve a death penalty serves as a closure to the relatives and families of the victim. It is the final act that can be hoped to give peace of mind and the consolation of knowing that the offender is permanently gone. Those who claim that it is against humanity and human rights to live should also consider the human right to live of the victim and not of the criminal only. Both the victim and the criminal are human beings and so both have rights to live. One who violates that fundamental human right deserves to get the most extreme punishment that can avenge for his actions. Some crimes like rape and sodomy are so horrific that retribution or revenge is the only logical and appropriate punishment. As a matter of fact, even death penalty for criminal murderers is not equal to their crimes. At least they get to have their last wishes and say their last words something that the victims do not get. They also get the chance to prepare for death mentally unlike their innocent victims. Therefore, according to Bhatti, (2010), capital punishment is retribution and not killing and as such is justified.
Capital punishment in its own way deters crime. This is because human beings have a natural fear of death. A criminal will easily do a crime if he knew that the only punishment if he is caught will be an imprisonment

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