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The Nature and Purpose of Capital Punishment

Capital punishment - also known as the death penalty - is the execution of a prisoner who has been condemned following trial. Capital punishment was abolished in the UK in 1965 but is still used as a form of punishment in 55 countries across the world, including America, China, and Pakistan.

What is the purpose of capital punishment?

Capital punishment is seen to have several aims:

  • Protection of society, as the most dangerous criminals are removed and can never hurt anyone again.
  • To severely punish criminals for the worst crimes.
  • To act as a deterrence; if people know they might receive the death penalty, it might put them off of committing violent crimes.
  • To give the victims a sense of justice, that the victims have received the punishment they deserve.


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