Capital Punishment World Trends

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Capital Punishment World Trends

Capital Punishment World Trends

For most of recorded history, capital punishment was available to every government for especially serious crimes and often for a great variety of less serious offenses. The term felony, which today signifies all serious crime, was the traditional classification in England for crimes punishable by death. Since the 18th century, the long-term trend in nations of Western Europe and North and South America has been a reduction of the number of capital crimes (criminal offenses punishable by death) and the execution of fewer criminals. (1)

The Capital Punishment World Trends contents in this legal Encyclopedia also includes: Capital Punishment World Trends, Early Efforts Against the Death Penalty, Capital Punishment World After 1945 and Capital Punishment Current Status.


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  1. Encarta Online Encyclopedia

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