The death penalty, or capital punishment, is the use of execution through hanging, beheading, drowning, gas chambers, lethal injection, and electrocution among others in response to a crime. This has spurred much debate on whether it should be used for reasons such as ethics, revenge, economics, effectiveness as a deterrent, and constitutionality. Capital punishment has roots that date back to the 18th century B.C., but, as of 2016, has been abolished in law or practice by more than two thirds of the world’s countries and several states within the United States. Here, the arguments for and against the death penalty are presented and examined for effectiveness. The conclusion is drawn that the death penalty should be abolished and the sentence of life without parole should be adopted as the punishment for capital crimes.
Kremer, Alexandra N..
"An Examination of the Death Penalty."
The Downtown Review.
Available at: https://engagedscholarship.csuohio.edu/tdr/vol5/iss1/2
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