Bringing Back Capital Punishment Essays

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Bringing Back Capital Punishment

For my English assignment I have been asked to consider the question whether or not capital punishment should be brought back. I am going to be concentrating on America because it is the closest to our style of culture.

Capital punishment refers to the taking of life of someone who has been found guilty of committing a crime.

Some of the earlier methods were crucifixion, boiling in oil, drawing and quartering, impalement, beheading, burning alive, crushing, tearing asunder, stoning and drowning.

In the United States, the death penalty is currently authorized in one of five ways: hanging, electrocution (introduced by New York State in 1890), the gas
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Below is a graph of the number of people executed between 1930 and 2000.

Capital punishment is meant to reduce crime, but by looking at this graph you can see that this is not the case.


During and after World War II (1939-1945), the number of executions in the United States began to decline. In 1972 the US Supreme Court ruled the death penalty unconstitutional and halted all executions. Executions resumed in 1977 and have been increasing since that time.

In 2003, 65 inmates were executed, 6 fewer than in 2002.

Executions, 1930-2003

In 2002, 71 persons in 13 States were executed -- 33 in Texas; 7 in Oklahoma, 6 in Missouri; 4 each in Georgia and Virginia, 3 each in Florida, South Carolina, and Ohio; 2 each in Alabama, Mississippi, and North Carolina; and 1 each in Louisiana and California.

Of persons executed in 2002: -- 53 were white -- 18 were black

Of those executed in 2002: -- 69 were men

2 were women.

Lethal injection accounted for 70 of the executions; 1 was carried out by electrocution.

Thirty-eight States and the Federal government in 2002 had capital statutes.

The number of prisoners under sentence of death at yearend 2002 decreased for the second consecutive year.

At yearend 2002,

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