Capital Punishment And The Death Penalty Essay

2029 Words Mar 14th, 2016 9 Pages
Is it still murder if its government sanctioned? Capital punishment or the death penalty is the execution of criminals who have committed capital crimes such as treason or first degree murder. It has been a highly debated topic in the United States for years; many fight over whether it should be used. The pro and con side both turn to the US Constitution for defending their arguments. State governments and the Supreme Court have both interpreted the Constitution differently, and its use is very inconsistent. (Capital Punishment) In the 1800s, capital punishment was the automatic punishment for those who committed murder or other large crimes such as horse theft. (Capital Punishment) State legislatures began to reject the automatic use of the death penalty. By the 1900s, juries could choose between life in prison or the death penalty. (Capital Punishment) By the 1960s, the death penalty began to receive opposition, because similar cases were treated very differently and a host of other problems. The Supreme Court faced pressure to regulate capital punishment, but tried to detach itself from active regulating of the death penalty, causing execution rates to increase. (Capital Punishment) The Supreme Court decided that penalty hearings would be used to prevent random or racially biased sentences, where the prosecution and defense can give information about the defendant. (Capital Punishment) However, there are still many issues with the system. Those who are pro death penalty…

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