Capital Punishment: The Death Penalty
Capital Punishment or the death penalty is a legal process whereby a person is put to death by the state as a punishment for a committed crime. These crimes are known as capital crimes or capital offenses. The typical judicial decree of a capital offense is issued the death sentence also known as an execution. Capital Punishment is used in only thirty three states in the United States including the federal, civilian, and military legal systems. The History of Capital Punishment in the United States of America provides a means of understanding the dynamics of change and continuity. The death penalty, optional or mandatory is invoked capital crime, but no universal definitions of that term exist. Criminal law is a complex and involves many legal jurisdictions and social values. Usually capital crimes are considered to be treason or terrorist attacks against the government, crimes against property when life is threatened, and crimes against a person that may include murder, assault, and robbery. Today in media, Capital Punishment is a more popular and opinionated topic than Religion. Religious groups have put forth several arguments regarding capital punishment. One argument states that perfect judgment is not humanly possible. A secular argument against capital punishment is that historically the verdict for capital punishment has been rendered most frequency against the poor and certain ethnic groups as a mean of social control. And mainly the argument claims that the death penalty is just an uncivilized activity. The America's that interacted in the debate over the morality and effectiveness of the capital punishment, known as the death penalty, is often questionable about its presence throughout our history in America. It was also debated about situations of discrimination in its application toward capital punishment. Since the1976 the Supreme Court decision that re-instated the death penalty in the United States, the...
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