Freedom and Justice. The war with capital punishment.

Essay by chandraUniversity, Bachelor'sA+, November 2003

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STATE THE ISSUE OR PROBLEM IN ONE SENTENCE: A highly controversial topic that has caught many peoples attention for years now, and still continues to do so today is capital punishment.

DESCRIBE THE PROBLEM: The word "capital" in "capital punishment" refers to a person's head. In the past, people were often executed by severing their head from their body. Today in the U.S., most prisoners are executed by lethal injection. Capital punishment, although not a new concept, continues to be debated in our society. Is it or is it not right to kill someone who has killed another human being? Does this type of punishment act as a deterrent to other would be killers, or are we telling this to ourselves to justify the revenge we get out teaching these killers a lesson? The use of capital punishment has been a permanent fixture in society since the earliest civilizations and continues to be used as a form of punishment in countries today.

It has been used for various crimes. Killing someone who has killed another is certainly not a new concept. Capital punishment and the death penalty, two terms used interchangeably, refer to the punishment of criminals through the use of death. The assumed circumstances are that a crime really has been committed, a certain person is known to be guilty, and a recognized and responsible government carries out the verdict and execution fairly. There are five methods that we use in this country, electrocution, firing squad, gas chamber, hanging, and lethal injection. Lethal injection being the most popular. They have one thing in common - they cause death, final and irreversible death. In the case of a mistake, the executed prisoner can never be given another chance. A prisoner discovered to be blameless can be freed, but you cannot...