The Death Penalty Research Paper by RightRiters

The Death Penalty
A comprehensive look at the controversial topic of the death penalty and this form of punishment is performed in various states in America.
# 23109 | 3,878 words | 13 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Mar 31, 2003 in Law (Criminal) , Hot Topics (Capital Punishment) , Criminology (General)

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This paper addresses the issue of capital punishment or the death penalty. It explains the various methods used in different states - such as the lethal injection, electric chair, lethal gas and hanging. These methods are compared to one another for their "advantages" - effectiveness, cost efficiency, minimum pain etc. A history of capital punishment in the U.S. is also presented and how the laws and legislation surrounding this form of punishment have evolved. The paper concludes with a discussion of the different philosophies regarding crime and punishment and whether capital punishment is an effective form of crime deterrence.

From the Paper:

"Capital punishment, otherwise known as the death penalty, is the legal infliction of death as a penalty for violating criminal law. Throughout history, people have been put to death for various forms of wrongdoing. Methods of execution have included such practices as crucifixion, stoning, drowning, burning at the stake, impaling, and beheading. Today capital punishment is typically accomplished by lethal gas, lethal injection, electrocution, hanging, or firing squad (Encarta, 2002). Each method has its own unique problems and issues."

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