Why Capital Punishment Should be Banned This paper explains why capital punishment should be banned. The first major theme which shall be discussed is how capital punishment, plainly and simply, is morally incompatible with an enlightened society: it involves the state killing citizens rather than seeking to rehabilitate them; in a real sense, the state becomes a murderer in its own right and degrades itself as a result. Beyond that, even when administered properly and professionally, there is growing evidence that the death penalty is inhumane and cruel: leaving aside the electric chair and gas chamber, evidence now exists that lethal injection subjects (or can subject, to be more precise) the recipient to pain and suffering that is...The end:
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