Capital Punishment


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For many years capital punishment, or the death penalty, was commonplace in most countries, and today it still exists in some countries such as the US. The question of whether it should be part of our justice system or not continues to go on with differing opinions.


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  • punishment (noun)
  • execute (verb)
  • execution (noun)
  • law (noun)
  • justice (noun)
  • penalty (noun)
  • guilty (adjective)
  • trial (noun)

The Question

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Are you in favour of capital punishment?

Additional Questions

Keep the conversation going with these follow questions related to Capital Punishment
  • Do you agree with the death penalty?
  • When do you think it should be used?
  • What are the problems with implementing capital punishment?
  • Do you think it is morally right to kill another human being?

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