Austria, in a statute of 1787, became the first Nation to abolish capital punishment.
- Capital punishment in Canada – Canada – CBC News – CBC.ca
In 1967, a moratorium was placed on the death penalty. But it was not until 1976 that Canada formally abolished the death penalty from the Criminal Code, when the House of Commons narrowly passed Bill C-84. By then, Canada had hanged 710 people since capital punishment was enacted in 1859.
- Capital punishment – Wikipedia
Capital punishment, also known as the death penalty, is a government sanctioned practice whereby a person is put to death by the state as a punishment for a crime.
- Death Penalty | Amnesty International
Every day, people are executed by the state as punishment for a variety of crimes – sometimes for acts that should not be criminalized.
- Capital Punishment: The end of the death penalty – Time Magazine
The case of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev absorbed Americans as no death-penalty drama has in years. The saga of his crime and punishment began with the shocking bloodbath at the 2013 Boston Marathon, continued through the televised manhunt that paralyzed a major city and culminated in the death sentence handed down by a federal jury on May 15 after a two-phase trial.
- It’s Time to Abolish the Death Penalty | HuffPost
The United States needs to abolish the death penalty. It’s archaic, costly, ineffective, and most importantly, unjust. The first place to start with the death penalty may be philosophical.