Capital Punishment

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Capital punishment is punishment by death for committing a

crime. Since the early 1800's most executions have resulted from

convictions for murder. The death penalty has also been imposed

for such serious crimes as armed robbery, kidnapping, rape, and

treason. There is a lot of conflict between people about whether

or not capital punishment is effective in discouraging crime.

In the early 1990's, 36 states of the United States had laws

that permitted the death penalty. These laws were greatly

influenced by a 1972 decision of the Supreme Court of the United

States which had banned the death penalty as it was then imposed,

describing the carrying out of the death penalty as cruel and

unusual punishment. But the court left open the possibility that

the death penalty might be imposed for certain crimes and if it

was applied according to clear standards.

After this decision was made, new capital punishment laws

were made to satisfy the Supreme Court's requirements. These

laws limit the death penalty to murder and to other specified

crimes that result in a person's death. These crimes include

armed robbery, hijacking, and kidnapping.

Many countries, including most European and Latin-American

nations, have abolished the death penalty since 1900 - including

Canada, which did so in 1976. In the early 1990's, the United

States was the only Western industrialized nation where

executions still took place.


Capital punishment was common among all ancient

civilizations. It was used for a variety of offenses that today

aren't crimes at all, like stealing the keys to someone's wine


There were many different methods of executions, and they

all had a barbaric quality. Some of the more vicious methods

were stoning, impaling, boiling in oil, burned alive, and being...