The death penalty is also a death sentence, capital punishment or execution. This is a legal process where the state puts an individual to death as punishment for a crime. The crimes resulting in the death sentence are capital offenses or capital crimes including aggravated murder, drug trafficking and crimes related to homicide (Moore 17).
Homicide victimization rates among young adults of the age 18-24 went up to 24.8 homicides per 100,000 in the year 1993. This was the highest homicide victimization rate ever seen in all age groups from the inception of recording of the data in the 1980's.