Capital punishment is the execution of a person by judicial process as a punishment for an offense.
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Capital crimes espionage; treason; sexual crimes, such as rape, adultery, and incest; religious crimes in Islamic nations; drug trafficking; human trafficking; serious cases of corruption; cowardice, desertion, insubordination.
Current situation 95 countries had abolished the capital punishment; 9 had abolished the capital punishment for all offences except under special circumstances; 58 actively use the death penalty; 35 had not used capital punishment for at least 10 years or were under a moratorium.
Todays methods of execution electrocution; shooting; stoning in Islamic countries; the gas chamber; hanging; lethal injection.
Religious views Islamic law may require capital punishment for rape, treason, apostasy, piracy, adultery. Christians are free to make a personal decision on that point because Christian position on execution is not clear. Judaism approves the death penalty in principle.
Debates Opponents the execution of innocent people violation of the criminals right to life. Supporters the penalty is justified for murderers, life imprisonment is not effective.
The problem of the death penalty is very serious and it doesn't have a simple decision.