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death penalty:

see capital punishmentcapital punishment,
imposition of a penalty of death by the state. History

Capital punishment was widely applied in ancient times; it can be found (c.1750 B.C.) in the Code of Hammurabi.
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Thirty-seven percent oppose the death penalty, slightly higher than in recent years, in part because this year, only 2% of Americans say they have no opinion on the topic.
Some people contend that life in prison without parole is a better option than the death penalty because a life sentence costs less than the death penalty or because the death penalty is immoral, among other reasons.
Death penalty opponents are calling on Kitzhaber to commute the death sentences of the 36 inmates awaiting execution in Oregon.
For many years, the universal abolition of the death penalty has been a priority for Sweden, which believes that the elimination of the death penalty is fundamental to the enhancement of human dignity and to the progressive development of human rights.
Professor Roger Hood, Professor Emeritus of Criminology at the University of Oxford, in his keynote address covered the various aspects application of the death penalty and the abolitionist movement worldwide.
There are also people who argued that the death penalty wasn't a deterrent.
The Florida Legislature's recent action in presenting a bill to the governor to streamline and speed up the process indicates an overall lack of knowledge about the criminal justice system, the manner in which cases are "selected" for the death penalty, and the costs of defending a death penalty case.
FE-le's spokesperson Stano wrote in an e-mail to Today's Zaman: "Global abolition of the death penalty is one of the main objectives of the EU's human rights policy and is one of the fundamental pillars of European fundamental rights standards.
France recognizes the South Sudanese historical and social context which will make the abolition of the death penalty challenging.
Hailing the signing as a "historic occasion," Archbishop Henry Mansell of Hartford said, "The Catholic church opposes the death penalty and has been fighting for its elimination for many years.
Many judges, police officers, and prison wardens who once supported the death penalty have turned against it because they've seen the injustices of the system firsthand.
Illinois's move revived the long-running debate about the death penalty and the many questions it raises: Should the government put people to death?