The Death Penalty In The United States

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The word “death” is adept at sending a cold, frightening shiver down the spine of any human. It is a major fear factor that has been lurking around the corner since the beginning of time, for governments have been using death to their advantage to threaten and bend people to their own will since the eighteenth century B.C. The threat towards one life for not adhering to government laws is called capital punishment, and it is still very much active in present day society. In fact, the death penalty has been in America since the colonial times, 31 US states still use capital punishment, and there has been numerous controversies surrounding the death penalty on whether it is being disproportionately subjected onto minority groups. Capital punishment was an idea brought to America by British and other European explorers. By the time colonial America was …show more content…
The 31 states with the death penalty are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wyoming (“States With and Without”). In these states, there are 41 crimes that can result in execution. Murder of a US national in a foreign country, death resulting from aircraft hijacking, willful wrecking of a train resulting in death, murder of a member of congress, an important executive official, or a Supreme Court Justice, and retaliatory murder of a member of the immediate family of law enforcement officials are a few examples of capital offenses (“41 Federal Capital Offenses”). Some claim that the crimes worthy of the death penalty are more lenient and sensible than those of colonial America, but a new dilemma has arisen regarding executions: racial

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