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The Death Penalty: Questions and Answers
Campaigner Michael Hayworth answers some of the tougher questions — like why it is fundamentally important to abolish the death penalty? Despite the overwhelming global trend against executions, a number of reasons for the death penalty continue to come up. Here is my attempt to respond to them. Everyone agrees that crime is bad and we need to stop it. Did you know that since Canada stopped executing the murder rate has dropped by 44 per cent? Does this mean that stopping executions will stop murders?
Background The formal execution of criminals has been used in nearly all societies since the beginning of recorded history. In earlier times, the death penalty was used for a variety of reasons that today would seem barbaric. Some cultures used it as punishment for magic, violation of the Sabbath, blasphemy, a variety of sexual crimes including sodomy and murder. Today, execution in the US is used primarily for murder, espionage and treason. In China, human trafficking and serious cases of corruption are punishable by death, and several militaries around the world impose the death penalty for desertion, mutiny and even insubordination.