Capital Punishment And Ethical Theories Essay

1535 Words May 3rd, 2016 7 Pages
Capital Punishment and Ethical Theories. Many people in the United States have opposing views on Capital punishment, which is also known as the death penalty. The death penalty is the process in which, convicted criminals are executed by a governing authority. Many other countries have abolished capital punishment but the United States still allows for this to happen in certain states. The death penalty is used for most terrible crimes such as murder, treason, or espionage but mainly for murder. Many people argue about whether Capital punishment is ethical, moral and even legal. I will cover the history, supporters and opponents, The Divine Command Theory and Kant’s theory for capital punishment. Executions were practiced as early eighteenth century BCE. The first execution that took place in the United States was in Virginia in 1608. The American colonies had approved executions for punishments that included murder, espionage and theft. Executions were held in public by hangings. According to article Death Penalty by Micah Issitt states that, “in 1794, the Pennsylvania legislature restricted capital punishment for murder in the first degree” (par.6). The death penalty today has been abolished in 19 states of the U.S. There are different types of executions performed in which the most common is the lethal injection. There is also the electric chair, the gas chamber and hanging performed. (*** cost of executions**) Supporters argue that criminals that commit horrifying…

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