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Capital Punishment

What is capital punishment?

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January 13, 2018 8:21AM

Capital punishment is the death penalty for a criminal offense. Death sentences may be carried out by hanging, firing squad, electrocution, gas chamber, lethal injection, or other forms of execution as prescribed by law. Many countries, especially in Europe, no longer have a death penalty, and in others the sentence is reserved for crimes of a violent or heinous nature.

(For lists of countries, see the related question.)
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