Capital Punishment

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Capital Punishment

When turning on the television, radio, or simply opening the local
newspaper, one is bombarded with news of arrests, murders, homicides
serial killers, and other such tragedies. It is a rare occasion to
go throughout a day in this world and not hear of these things. So
what should be done about this crime rate? Not only is it committing
a crime, but today, it is signing your life over to the government.
This is a risk one is taking when he decides to pull a trigger or
plunge a knife, but is it really up to our justice system to decide
one's fate? There are many issues that address this question of
capital punishment such as religion, the effect on society,
restitution being denied, the possible "wrongly accused", and the
rights of the convicted. But how often do these concepts creep into
the public's mind when it hears of our 'fair, trusty' government
taking away someone's breathing rights?


Capital punishment, also referred to as the death penalty, is the
judicially ordered execution of a prisoner as a punishment for a
serious crime, often called a capital offence or a capital crime.
In those jurisdictions that practice capital punishment, its use
is usually restricted to a small number of criminal offences,
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