Essay on Capital Punishment : The Death Penalty

1070 Words May 5th, 2015 null Page
My topic I chose to talk about is capital punishment also known as the death penalty. Capital punishment is the process where someone is put to death by the state as punishment for a crime. Someone can be sentenced for the death penalty by committing a crime on top of intentionally and knowingly trying to murder somebody. When it came to execution people there were many methods that were used in the old days and that are used in the present. The used the garrote(wire tighten around the neck), stoning(getting rocks thrown), guillotine(beheading), hanging, shooting, firing squad, gas chamber, electric chair, and lethal injection. Lethal injection is the most common method used today in the United States. Most executions that occurred in the nation’s earliest history were usually administered as a public spectacle. Offenders were placed in the stocks(sitting down, hands and feet strapped into a locked frame) or in the pillory(standing, with their head and hands strapped into a lock frame) and spat on, heaped with garbage and reviled by passersby. The crimes for this punishment has been imposed have varied over the centuries, but murder, rape, and treason are the most common. The state organization of capital punishment is complex. Every state honing the death penalty has diverse laws in regards to its strategies and criminal acts that qualify. Normally, it includes four basic steps: Sentencing, Direct Review, State Collateral Review, and Federal Habeas Corpus. “The first…

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