Research Paper On Capital Punishment And The Death Penalty

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Capital Punishment and the Death Penalty a Global Issue
Michelle Bergos
Introduction to Corrections 140
October 11, 2016
Jason Skeens


As this is and has been a controversial subject for centuries in much of the world, the question is, what human being has the right and responsibility to settle the issue? In the Code of King Hammaurabi of Babylon, circa the Eighteenth Century B.C. the death penalty was first established and codified for twenty-five different crimes but was also a punishment of even earlier times. King Hammaurabi enacted his set of rules or laws to govern the people in ?his? rapidly expanding empire which by the time of his death included a large percentage of modern-day Iraq. My objective for this essay is to seek answers while trying to make sense of how ?murdering? or ?executing? one human being for the murder of another or as well used for punishment in far
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Here in America, the use of the death penalty was influenced more by Britain than any other country as European settlers carried the practice of capital punishment with them to the new world. (?Introduction to the Death Penalty,? n.d.). In the quest for a new world, a world of freedom, justice and equality we carried the seemingly brutal consequences the settlers were attempting to escape.

In this country, America, home of the brave, land of the free and a society that for the larger part, still believes this practice of an eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth, as evident by the 30 states with the death penalty still on the books. 20 states plus the District of Columbia have eliminated this practice and 4 states have suspended the practice. A Cry for

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