Death penalty

Essay by doudou880922College, UndergraduateA, January 2009

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Death penalty is the execution of an offender who is sentenced to death by the court of law (of a criminal offense). Dating back to the Eighteenth Century B.C, the first established death penalty laws codified the death penalty for 25 different crimes. The debate of whether one should abolish the death penalty has existed for 300 hundred years. Although most European countries have already got rid of this punishment, there are still countries such as China and America, where this form of punishment is present. In this essay, there is the discussion of whether modern society should retain the death penalty as a punishment for murder or not. Moreover, this essay will argue three elements, which are the belief of human rights, the costs of execution and the accuracy of this punishment, which should be concerned for long term.

The death penalty is validating due to one of the most important traditional thoughts which is retribution.

"An eye for an eye" can express the unacceptable anger of victim's family towards the homicides. The reason why a certain group of people believe that tooth for tooth because of the differentiate culture and values. The most populous country in the world, China, executes numerous people the past of thousands year just derived from an execution can brought closure to the trial for the victim's family. As a matter of fact, there were 3400 people received the capital sentence in 2005 which was 90 percent of the total number of sentenced people globally.

Importantly, however, the death penalty is much economical than its closest alternative -- life imprisonment with no parole. It is hard to set money aside for governments by using long term of sentence for prisoners who will spend the rest of their lives in jail. For this, the reason...