The helmeted man sits immobile, strapped and bolted into the enforced chair. The switch is closed. One thousand volts of electricity surge into his delicate flesh, searing his nervous system. The man, despite his shackles, jerks. His head bobs and shakes, as he suffers the cruel punishment of the death penalty.
Crucifixion, stoning, drowning, burning at the stake, and beheading, all forms of capital punishment, all brutal and unnecessary. Capital Punishment is the legal infliction of death as a penalty for violating criminal law. Throughout history people have been put to death for various forms of wrongdoing. So, should capital punishment be reinstated in Australia? This essay will attempt to prove that capital punishment is not needed to keep order in Australia.
It has been proven that the death penalty does not deter people from committing crimes. The death penalty has been used as a form of punishment since the early 1700's. One form of punishment remembered by all was the guillotine, used in the French revolution. At the time it was thought to be a humane punishment, although doctors put forward the notion that it could take up to 30 seconds after the beheading for the victim to lose consciousness. After the guillotine, the electric chair was invented in the 1880's. This became another brutal form of punishment, which at the time was also thought to be humane. Although capital punishment has definitely become less painful, does that make it right to kill another human being? In the USA, capital punishment kills just over 100 people a year.
The death penalty is so final, and how can anyone be sure that they have the right person? On January 7, 1988, at 3:19 a.m., Texas began to execute convicted murderer Robert Streetland by pumping lethal drugs into his veins. The telephone rang in the death chamber. New evidence had been found proving that the person lying in the death chamber was...