Criminal Justice Essay
Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice
University Of Phoenix
May 10, 2009
There are crimes that take place throughout society. When crimes are investigated, and investigators have evidence that prove who were involved, there are consequences for their actions. In some cases, there are crimes that involve consequences such as the death penalty. This consequence can be one of the severe punishments that are placed in our judicial system. There are many people that are for, as well as those are against the death penalty. In many cases, the death penalty has its benefits, as well as its flaws. …show more content…
“The first recorded execution in the new colonies was that of Captain George Kendall in the Jamestown colony of Virginia in 1608. Kendall was executed for being a spy for Spain. In 1612, Virginia Governor Sir Thomas Dale enacted the Divine, Moral and Martial Laws, which provided the death penalty for even minor offenses such as stealing grapes, killing chickens, and trading with Indians.” (Death Penalty Information Center, 2009).
The death penalty was popular during the early colonial times. The offenses that were committed by individuals that required the death penalty were questionable. Throughout the colonial times, the death penalty laws varied. There were crimes such as physical altercation with parents and denouncing God was consisted of the death penalty. “The New York Colony instituted the Duke's Laws of 1665. Under these laws, offenses such as striking one's mother or father, or denying the "true God," were punishable by death.” (Death Penalty Information Center, 2009). These results for committing some of the crimes were questionable and resulted in abolishment of the death penalty during the early colonial times. First reconstruction attempt of the death penalty in America was