Capital Punishment And The Death Penalty Essay

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Capital Punishment and the Death Penalty a Global Issue
Michelle Bergos
Introduction to Corrections 140
October 11, 2016
Jason Skeens

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Abstract

As this is and has been a controversial subject for centuries in much of the world, the question is, what human being has the right and responsibility to settle the issue? In the Code of King Hammaurabi of Babylon, circa the Eighteenth Century B.C. the death penalty was first established and codified for twenty-five different crimes but was also a punishment of even earlier times. King Hammaurabi enacted his set of rules or laws to govern the people in ?his? rapidly expanding empire which by the time of his death included a large percentage of modern-day Iraq. My objective for this essay is to seek answers while trying to make sense of how ?murdering? or ?executing? one human being for the murder of another or as well used for punishment in far lesser violations is somehow justified. Justified not only for the murderous individual, but throughout the history of the world death was inflicted for assaults, divorce, debt, and even disputes regarding the brewing of spirits.

Capital Punishment and the Death Penalty a Global Issue Each law consists of a potential case followed by a prescribed verdict. The verdicts could be very harsh indeed, and Columbia University professor Marc van de Mieroop notes in his…

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