The Death Penalty Is A Global Punishment Essay

1916 Words Jan 28th, 2016 8 Pages
The death penalty is a global punishment for a number of crimes in the world that has a rich history and future. In the world, there are 195 countries-if you choose not to count Taiwan. 60% of these countries allow the death penalty, otherwise known as Capital Punishment. That means 140 countries have abolished it.
The death penalty has been around for quite some time, being traced all the way back to 18th Century B.C. in the Babylonian era. This presents the idea that punishment that was meant to end life was a common one back then. As time progresses, this punishment makes its notorious rounds throughout history before making it big in Britain. In Britain, this punishment was rather common and constituted for nearly 220 sentences. However after these crimes were swept away, the number dramatically dropped, the reason for this being that many juries hadn’t enforced the penalty as the crime hadn’t been that great or major. In 1840, there had been an attempt to abolish capital punishment though this attempt was failed. In the 19th and 20th centuries, the punishment was abolished in the U.K.
However, the use of this punishment influenced America-the newborn country-and their own criminal system. In colonial America, the settler had brought the practice of capital punishment. The first recorded execution in the new colonies Captain George Kendall’s execution in the Jamestown, Virginia in 1608.The reason for this execution was Kendall being a spy for the country of Spain. In…

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