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  Capital Punishment
Furthermore, opponents of capital punishment candidly admit that they would oppose the death penalty even if it were an effective deterrent.(5) So while these are important social and political issues to consider, they are not sufficient justification for the abolition of the death penalty.
Opponents of capital punishment who accuse the government of committing murder by implementing the death penalty fail to see the irony of using Exodus 20 to define murder but ignoring Exodus 21, which specifically teaches that government is to punish the murderer.
Capital punishment is to be implemented because of the sanctity of human life.
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  Close Up Foundation | Civic Education | Washington DC Travel   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Capital punishment has also remained a perennial "hot button" issue; when the average person is asked if he or she supports the death penalty, that person is likely to give a definitive yes or no answer.
Capital punishment is a topic that encompasses a number of subjective convictions about values such as justice, fairness, racism, and mercy.
Capital punishment has a corrosive effect on society: it teaches and promotes revenge; it weakens and destroys the natural horror of bloodshed; and it cheapens the sanctity of life because society is willing to kill its killers.
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  Capital Punishment - MSN Encarta
Typically, capital punishment is reserved for individuals who commit the most violent or serious crimes, such as murder and treason.
Capital punishment in the United States, therefore, is primarily a matter of state law and practice.
For example, the Supreme Court has ruled that the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment forbids the execution of defendants under the age of 18 or those with mental retardation, as well as those who, due to mental illness, are incapable of understanding the meaning of their pending execution.
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 Capital Punishment - MSN Encarta
Capital Punishment, legal infliction of death as a penalty for violating criminal law.
Critics of capital punishment contend that it is brutal and degrading, while supporters consider it a necessary form of retribution (revenge) for terrible crimes.
Opponents of capital punishment assert that it is degrading to the humanity of the person punished.
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 capital punishment. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05
From the fall of Rome to the beginnings of the modern era, capital punishment was practiced throughout Western Europe.
The modern movement for the abolition of capital punishment began in the 18th cent.
There has been intense debate regarding the constitutionality, effect, and humanity of capital punishment; critics charge that executions are carried out inconsistently, or, more broadly, that they violate the “cruel and unusual punishment” provision of the Eighth Amendment.
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 Bishop's Statement
We should acknowledge that in the public debate over capital punishment we are dealing with values of the highest importance: respect for the sanctity of human life, the protection of human life, the preservation of order in society, and the achievement of justice through law.
We believe that the forms of punishment must be determined with a view to the protection of society and its members and to the reformation of the criminal and his reintegration into society (which may not be possible in certain cases).
With respect to the difficulties inherent in capital punishment, we note first that infliction of the death penalty extinguishes possibilities for reform and rehabilitation for the person executed as well as the opportunity for the criminal to make some creative compensation for the evil he or she has done.
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  Capital Punishment Encyclopedia Article @ LaunchBase.org (Launch Base)   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Capital punishment, or the death penalty, is the execution of a convicted criminal by the State as punishment for crimes known as capital crimes or capital offenses.
Supporters of capital punishment argue that it deters crime, prevents recidivism, and is an appropriate retribution for the crime of murder.
The Roman Catholic Church traditionally supported capital punishment as per the theology of Thomas Aquinas (who accepted the death penalty as a necessary deterrent and prevention method, but not as the means of vengeance), but under the pontificate of Pope Paul VI, this position was reversed.
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 The Death Penalty
Since the reenactment of capital punishment, several dozen condemned prisoners have been released from death row when their convictions were overturned — in some cases where the evidence of their innocence was unmistakable.
Capital punishment's fatal flaw is that it treats people as objects to be toyed with and discarded.
The historical argument in favor of capital punishment has been the deterrent theory — that a person contemplating the crime of murder will be dissuaded by the prospect of being executed for his or her crime.
www.crimemagazine.com /cp101.htm   (4383 words)

 Capital Punishment
For example, "Capital punishment may be imposed only when guilt is determined by clear and convincing evidence leaving no room for an alternative explanation of the facts", "Anyone sentenced to death shall receive the right to appeal to a court of higher jurisdiction", etc.
When an innocent person is sentenced to death, it is not the fault of the punishment itself, but the trial that led to this punishment.
Punishment is meted out because of the nature of the crime, devoid of any reference to the social identity of the victim.
www.bridgeport.edu /~darmri/capital.html   (2052 words)

 Capital Punishment [Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy]
The retributive notion of punishment in general is that (a) as a foundational matter of justice, criminals deserve punishment, and (b) punishment should be equal to the harm done.
Finally, critics of capital punishment argue that the true basis of retributive justifications of capital punishment is not at all foundational, but instead rooted in psychological feelings of vengeance.
Corporal punishment, such as flogging, and extreme types of capital punishment, such as burning at the stake, are no longer accepted practices because of their indignity.
www.iep.utm.edu /c/capitalp.htm   (2148 words)

 capital punishment
Punishment is a form of retaliation to those who have broken the laws.
Crucifixion, one of the oldest forms of punishment, was used mainly used in the ancient world where the convict has their heels and wrists nailed to a cross and are left there to die.
In 1966, the government passed Bill C-168, in which capital punishment was limited to the murder of on duty police officers and prison guards (8).
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 Capital Punishment
Supporters of capital punishment countered that the ultimate penalty of death was necessary for the punishment of terrible crimes because it provided the most complete retribution and condemnation.
Capital punishment advocates note that because the death penalty is reserved for the most aggravated murders, the deterrent effect of capital punishment on such crimes may not be apparent in data on homicide rates in general.
When people view capital punishment as a human rights issue, countries that are becoming more democratic have been eager to abolish the death penalty, which they associate with the former regime and its abuses of power.
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 Capital Punishment: Our Duty or Our Doom?
Capital punishment is often defended on the grounds that society has a moral obligation to protect the safety and welfare of its citizens.
Finally, defenders of capital punishment argue that justice demands that those convicted of heinous crimes of murder be sentenced to death.
The finality of punishment by death rightly requires that great procedural precautions be taken throughout all stages of death penalty cases to ensure that the chance of error is minimized.
www.scu.edu /ethics/publications/iie/v1n3/capital.html   (1718 words)

 Stand to Reason: The Bible and Capital Punishment
Capital punishment was assumed in the New Testament.
Capital punishment fits capital crimes (crimes that involve the loss of life).
Reply to the arguments that capital punishment should be abolished because it is applied unfairly and innocent people may be condemned.
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 CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Capital Punishment (Death Penalty)
capital punishment is of great antiquity and formed a part of the primal concepts of the human race.
Capital Punishment to be found therein, inflicted (perhaps inattentively) by a multitude of successive independent statutes upon crimes very different in their natures.
The punishment of death is pernicious to society, from the example of barbarity it affords.
www.newadvent.org /cathen/12565a.htm   (4113 words)

 Capital Punishment
Capital Punishment is a very controversial topic and there are many pros and cons that surround it.
The first Con of Capital punishment is that, yes it punishes the criminal, but it also causes unwarranted stress and trauma for the family and loved ones of the executed.
Capital punishment is currently authorized in 38 states and by the federal government.
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 Capital Punishment
Capital punishment is the right of the state.
It is inherent in a just capital punishment law that there be proportion between the taking of the life of the criminal and the benefit expected to the common good.
It is simply becoming harder and harder to argue that a particular act of capital punishment is circumstantially necessary (the third element of a good moral act).
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 The Case Against the Death Penalty
In the judgment of the ACLU, capital punishment is an intolerable denial of civil liberties.
Since we cannot reasonably aim to punish all crimes according to this principle, it is arbitrary to invoke it as a requirement of justice in the punishment of murderers.
Criminals no doubt deserve to be punished, and punished with severity appropriate to their culpability and the harm they have caused to the innocent.
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 Capital Punishment
Historically, capital punishment has not been considered cruel and inhuman punishment because when the Bill of Rights was written in 1789, every state allowed the death penalty.
Thus, the punishment inflicted must be in proportion to the crime committed, and thereby able to equalize the offense, restoring balance in society.
This is normally taken to mean punishment that inflicts pain in a careless and unnecessary manner, as well as punishment that is unbalanced to the crime committed.
www.hendersonchurchofchrist.org /articles/mike15.htm   (2273 words)

 John W. Lamperti | Capital Punishment
The evidence for capital punishment as an uniquely effective deterrent to murder is especially important, since deterrence is the only major pragmatic argument on the pro-death penalty side.
It is sometimes suggested that capital punishment provides added protection to police or to prison guards, and a number of states which have abolished capital punishment for "ordinary" murder retain it for the killing of police or prison staff.
Bailey and Peterson, for example, conclude that "Deterrence and capital punishment studies have yielded a fairly consistent pattern of non deterrence." Although they find agreement that "the overall (general) homicide rate is not responsive to capital punishment," they do call for further research into particular types of crimes.
www.math.dartmouth.edu /~lamperti/capitalpunishment.html   (3462 words)

 Capital Punishment - Deterrent or Catalyst - A scriptural view of Capital Punishment - Mission to Israel
Capital punishment can only be the deterrent to future potential criminals that God intends it to be, if the execution of a properly convicted criminal is carried out posthaste.
The opponents to capital punishment argue that the death penalty is not a deterrent to future lawbreakers.
ordain the death penalty as a judgment for, and a deterrent to, capital crime.
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 Death Penalty / Capital Punishment Law - MegaLaw.com
Capital Punishment 1999 - By Tracy L. Snell, Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Dept. of Justice, Dec. 2000
Capital Punishment 1998 - By Tracy L. Snell, Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Dept. of Justice, Dec. 1999
Capital Punishment 1997 - By Tracy L. Snell, Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Dept. of Justice, Dec. 1998
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 Capital Punishment or Compassion Executions in the State of New Mexico The Death Penalty Since Territorial Days   (Site not responding. Last check: )
In 1956, the implementation of capital punishment in New Mexico was changed to death by lethal gas.
However, crimes punishable by capital punishment are still on the books in New Mexico as of 2001.
Talamante’s capital crime was the shooting death of his 25-year-old wife and the injury of her 11-year-old brother.
www.angelo.edu /services/library/librarians/mallan/capital-punishment-nm.htm   (4189 words)

 Capital Punishment and Homicide (Skeptical Inquirer July 2004)
All of the scientifically valid statistical studies—those that examine a period of years, and control for national trends—consistently show that capital punishment is a substantial deterrent.
Unfortunately, econometricians continue to use multiple regression on capital punishment data and to generate results that are cited in Congressional hearings.
Estimates of the deterrent effect of capital punishment: The importance of the researcher’s prior beliefs.
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 Capital Punishment
Statistics seem to indicate that capital punishment does not deter crime: where capital punishment applies to a particular crime, it does not appear that the rate of that crime is less than in places where lesser penalties obtain.
If capital punishment has not been shown to deter crime, this fact may be due to the inconsistent, capricious way in which this penalty has been applied in the past.
When God ordains the capital punishment of murderers, this is not some extraordinary cruelty against them; it is merely a picture of what we all deserve in God's sight.
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 Home | Capital Punishment in Context
Capital Punishment in Context is designed to supplement a variety of college courses.
Each case presents a narrative account of the individual's crime, trial and punishment, along with guidelines for analysis, discussion and further research on issues raised by the case.
Capital Punishment in Context contains video interviews with key figures in the case, such as attorneys, jurors and witnesses.
www.capitalpunishmentincontext.org   (411 words)

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