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09/04/2019

What is capital punishment and how is it defined? When should a murderer undergo a death penalty?

QUESTION
What is capital punishment and how is it defined? When should a murderer undergo a death penalty?
I need to write a synthesis essay on capital punishment and i need to know how it is defined. thankyou!

ANSWER
Capital punishment means punishment by death. In fact, literally, it means beheading (‘capita’ is Latin for ‘head’).

The death penalty has always been very controversial in the US. I think we are trending away from it these days, and perhaps it will be abolished again in the near future.

As it is, most states allow capital punishment not for all murders but certain types of murders that are considered worse than just ordinary murder. Murder of more than one person, for instance, or murder with rape or torture, or murder for hire, or murder of a police officer.