Capital Punishment : The Practice Of Killing People As Punishment

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History of Capital Punishment Merriam Webster defines Capital Punishment as “the practice of killing people as punishment for serious crimes (“Capital Punishment”). Capital Punishment was once considered ceremony opened to the public until the nineteenth century. Melusky and Pesto (2011) describes the watching of a criminal being executed as an, “quasireligious event in which the condemned man was expected to express his repentance and, in an early version of ‘Scared Straight’ to admonish the children brought to witness the spectacle not to follow his path of crime” (Melusky and Pesto, 2011:2). By the nineteenth century, many states had called to get rid of the death penalty. According to William S. McFeely, Michigan was the first state to remove the death penalty in 1846. Soon after, nine other states had also removed using the death penalty as punishment up until the end of World War I when half of the nine states and a few new states restored the death penalty. As of the summer of 2015, only thirty-one states use Capital Punishment, while nineteen of the fifty states has abolished Capital Punishment according to the Death Penalty Information Center’s website
Unknowingly, Capital Punishment has been around since both Jesus Christ and Socrates time Era stated by Manning and Rhoden-Trader in 2000. For readers that follow in the story of Jesus Christ know that he was put to death for believing he was "King of Jews". As for those who study history know that Socrates was…

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