The arguments for and against Capital punishment will be stated with conclusive evidence to suggest that Capital punishment should be re-imposed. Capital offenses are on the rise, and our prisons are over populated. Money spent on prisons is much needed in the fight against poverty. I feel that Capital punishment has a very important role in society. It reduces murders drastically as well as overall crime. Capital punishment has in the past been practiced by most societies, although currently only 58 nations actively practice it, with 96 countries having abolished it, the remainder having not used it for 10 years.
According to Wikipedia( 2011) 60% of the world’s population live in countries where Capital punishment is still being practiced. Earlier societies used harsh methods of Capital punishment, but the world has since become more civilised. Past methods as indicated by Wikipedia included boiling , breaking wheel, burning , crucifixion, crushing , disembowelment, dismemberment, drawing and Quartering, execution by elephant, flaying, impaling, sawing and slow slicing
Methods of execution that are currently in use include decapitation, electrocution , gas chamber , hanging , lethal injection, shooting (Firing squad) and stoning. According to usliberals.about.com ( 2011) Some of the arguments against Capital punishment are as follow: Death constitutes “cruel and unusual punishment,” which is prohibited by the 8th amendment to the US Constitution. Also, the various means used by the state to kill a criminal are cruel.
The death penalty is used disproportionately against the poor, who cannot afford expensive legal counsel, as well as against racial, ethnic and religious minorities. The death penalty is applied arbitrarily and inconsistently. Wrongly convicted, innocent people have received death penalty. A rehabilitated criminal can make a morally valuable contribution to society. Killing human life is morally wrong under all circumstances. Some faith groups, such as the Roman Catholic Church, oppose the death penalty as not being “pro-life.”