Essay on Penalty : Efficiency Versus Civil Rights

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Penalty: Efficiency versus civil rights
Progressively, in the path of social evolution, states and individuals reach unanimity that some practices are intolerable. Ceremonial human sacrifice, slavery, corporeal torture, and the death penalty are some of these practices (Yorke, 2005). Many countries have abolished the practice of death penalty. Nevertheless, it should be noted that internationally unanimity against this act is yet to be reached. For instance, the Republic of China puts to death thousands of individuals annually. The United States of America also practices capital punishment habitually. Worldwide, 84 countries uphold the use of death penalty. Nevertheless, the number of nations practicing death sentence is decreasing (Berman, 2016). It is likely that universal outlook and pressure will eventually sway all nations to abolish the act. The paper below will center on the revision of the death sentence over recent years.

Revision of death penalty in the USA
During colonial times, the Great Britain swayed the use of legal execution in America in many ways. When settlers from Europe first arrived in America, they adopted the use of death sentence. The first documented death sentence in the new world involved Captain George Kendall in the year 1608 (Yorke, 2005). The execution was undertaken in the Jamestown colony of Virginia. The captain was killed for spying for Spain. In the early 17th century, Virginia Governor Thomas Dale ratified laws that permitted judicial…

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