Difference between revisions of "Capital punishment"

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== Capital punishment and corporal punishment ==
Strictly speaking, capital punishment could be considered a form of [[corporal punishment]] because by being killed, the person suffers bodily. In reality, however, the phrase "corporal punishment" does not include capital punishment, and the two concepts are completely different in practical, legal and moral terms. OrdinaryWhile judicial, prison and military corporal punishment as officially practised today does not endanger life, in previous centuries such severe forms of corporal punishment ([[flogging]] or beating with other implements) existed that these resulted in death. Sometimes delinquents were sentenced to such harsh forms of corporal punishment (e.g. [[running the gauntlet]]) that it was unsure if they would survive it, possibly mutilated, or not.
== See also ==