Capital Punishment Essay: The History Behind The Death Penalty

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Capital Punishment Some people also know this far better as being called the death penalty, the execution of the individuals that have done some sort of wrong doing in this world, likely murder. Which also have been found guilty of their erroneous behaviors. These crimes were most likely bad enough that many people believe that the person guilty of their crime should be put to death as a control to these crimes. But there are also some people that believe capital punishment is not a respectable deed for the public. Adversaries of the death penalty regardless of what a person has done no one deserves to be put to death. But yet instead of killing them for what they have done they are better served by placing the criminal behind bars for the …show more content…
It has been recorded that the death penalty laws were first started around the Eighteenth Century B.C (before Christ) in the code of King Hammaurabi of Babylon. Where if someone had committed one of about twenty-five crimes they would be sentenced to death by either drowning, being burned alive, crucifixion, impalement, and beaten to death (stoning). Around the Tenth century A.D (Anno Domini), some say after the death of Jesus, being hung was the more common form of capital punishment in Britain, this had major influence in America. The first record of execution in America was that of Captain George Kendall in the Jamestown colony of Virginia in 1608, for being a spy for Spain. In June of 1972 the death penalty was suspended because of cruel and unusual punishment. The Supreme Court set a standard stating that the death penalty is only cruel and unusual if it were arbitrary, punishment was too harsh for what the crime was, or if it was not more effective than a less severe punishment. But capital punishment was reinstated in 1976 with new sentencing guidelines and three new procedural …show more content…
To start the average cost to house an inmate in Texas prisons is approximately $47.50 per day, according to Michelle Lyons, spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Therefore it would roughly cost about $17,340 to house an inmate for a year and $693,500 for 40 years, which would be far less than even part of the death penalty costs. The regional public defender 's office estimated that just the legal costs for a death penalty case from indictment to execution were around $1.2 million. Now since I’m a taxpayer along with many other Americans I would much rather have someone sit and rot in jail versus put them to death immediately, if it means were going to save a few thousand bucks. Next, even though some people turn out to be criminals they still have family members that care for them just like the next person living on this planet. Family members of the accused criminal also go through a whole lot of pain and suffering when an individual is sentenced for capital punishment. It is not just the denouncement and media harassment that takes a toll on the family members, but also the pain and misery of losing their loved ones that devastates them. Even though it is absolutely inexcusable for the family to suffer for no fault of their own. I believe that every being, at a certain age, on this earth knows right from wrong, and if

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