Capital Punishment Is The Practice Of Executing A Person As Punishment

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Capital punishment is said to be one of the most controversial issue in the United States. Capital punishment is the practice of executing a person as punishment for the crime they have committed. This ethical dilemma has divided Americans into two halves: those “for” capital punishment and those “against” capital punishment. The individuals that are for capital punishment believe that the act is justice and should remain legal. On the other hand, the individuals that are against capital punishment believe that capital punishment is an unethical act and should be illegal. The question being asked here, is whether or not capital punishment is ethical.
History has shown that the practice of capital punishment has been done long before our forefathers settled on the new land. The first known laws established for the death penalty can be traced back to the Code of King Hammurabi of Babylon, in the 18th Century B.C. These codes allowed the death penalty to be use on twenty five different crimes, except murder. The practice of capital punishment was also established in the 14th century B.C., as part of the Hittite code. The Draconian Code of Athens, in the 7th century, allowed the death penalty to be the only form of punishment used for all crimes that were committed. Today, the death penalty isn’t used as freely as it was in ancient time. The crime must be extremely severe and horrendous. The stealing of grapes wouldn’t hold equal punishment to murder, in today’s societies. The…

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