Capital punishment a legal infliction of death as a penalty for violating the law. Throughout history people have been put to death for various wrongdoings, methods of execution as that of medieval times to present have included such practices as crucifixion, stoning, drowning, burning at the stake, impaling, and beheading. Todayís capital punishment is typically accomplished by lethal gas or injection, electrocution, hanging or shooting (Uniform Crime Reports). My position
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testimony, faulty police work coerced confessions, the defendantís previous criminal record, and community pressure for a conviction, among others. And when the system does wrong, it is volunteers outside the criminal justice system journalists, for example, who rectify the errors, not the police or prosecutors. To retain the death penalty in face of the demonstrable failures of the system is unacceptable, especially since there are not strong overriding reasons to favor the death penalty.