The Death Penalty Is A Punishment Essay

2184 Words Dec 12th, 2016 9 Pages
The Death Penalty is a punishment by execution to someone convicted of a capital crime or first degree murder. Since the beginning of America’s Death Penalty history, over 17,277 people have been legally executed. “Efforts to abolish the death penalty in America go back over one hundred years and have continued to the present day” (Galliher, Ray, and Cook, 1992; Haines, 1996)(Wozniak,1). The death penalty is the most disputed and controversial punishment in history. One side seen of the death penalty is that it is thought of as a humane way to put to death the most evil criminals and to deter others from committing those heinous crimes. The other side is that it is inhumane, cruel and unusual, and does not deter people from committing crimes, it actually increases crime rates. FBI data shows that the 14 states without the Death Penalty have crime rates below the national average. The Death Penalty is only used for murders and capital crimes. The Death Penalty sentencing has a long history in the United States.
In the Early 1600’s America picked up their Death Penalty tactics from Britain. Researchers say that the Death Penalty was imported from Britain! From then, America used the death penalty more than any other country in the world. When the European settlers came to America, they brought the practice of capital punishment, the Death Penalty. According to the Death Penalty Information Center, the first recorded execution in America was the execution of Captain George…

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