Capital punishment, "the death sentence" is the execution of criminals by the state for committing monstrous crimes such as rape and murder. The debates over the intrinsic worth of the death sentence has continued for quite awhile, and is an extremely uncertain and complicated concern. Society must stay secure by isolating these violators of heinous crimes away from the community, but at the same time we must make certain that the not guilty people are never convicted or sentenced to death for an offense that they did not commit. Perhaps the most frequent argument for capital punishment is that of deterrence. Although imprisonment and fines are universally recognized as necessary to the control of crime, the nations of the world are split on the issue of capital punishment. The established thought is that imposition of the death penalty will act to deter other criminals from committing violent acts. .
Several studies have been created attempting to attest this belief of deterring violent crimes. In addition, with the growing understanding of contemporary society, the number of inmates actually put to death is significantly reduced as opposed to around five decades ago. The actuality that it was more safe back then than it is now probably has to due with the fact that in earlier times, where capital punishment was widespread, the value of life was less, and societies were more barbaric, capital punishment was almost certainly quite acceptable. However, in today's society, which is becoming ever more increasingly humane, and individual rights and due process of justice are held in high concurrence, the death sentence is becoming an unrealistic form of penalty. .
Critics of capital punishment contend that the death penalty is brutal and degrading, while supporters consider it a necessary form of revenge for terrible crimes. Those who advocate the death penalty assert that it is a uniquely effective punishment that deters crime.