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Abolishing Capital Punishment
Pierre Allen
Indiana State University

A lot of countries in the world have abolished capital punishment because of reasons concerning humanity, some places are still using the old practice of capital punishment. Is it okay to keep capital punishment, or should it be erased altogether? Many people often get the sentence for committing serious crimes such as crimes like murder and drug trafficking. Leaving you to think should this kind of sentence be taken away. Capital punishment is a legal process whereby a person is put to death by the state as a punishment for a crime.The death penalty dates back as far as 16th century in Egypt where the criminal, a member of nobility(social class), was accused of magic, and ordered to take his own life. During this period non-nobility was usually killed with an ax. The death penalty was always different for what social class you belonged to. In the past you could have possibly gotten to the death penalty for insulting songs, the cutting or grazing of crops planted by a farmer, the burning of a house or a stack of corn near a house, cheating by a patron of his client, perjury, disturbances at night in the city, willful murder of a freeman or a parent, or theft by a slave .Majority of the time death was cruel and included crucifixion, downing at sea, burial alive, beating to death, and impalement . Theories behind why the state punishes criminals are because of vengeance, retribution, deterrence, and incapacitation.The most recent execution methods after 1976 were hanging, electrification, firing squad, lethal injection, and gas chamber. Many people say that a person who commits a crime as big as murder should be getting the same dose of their own medicine, but does that solve the problem to what has already been done already. The person who was already murdered will never return to live regardless of the ruling given to the murderer. When a person is given the...