The Death Penalty Is The Sentence Of Execution Essay

1991 Words Jul 31st, 2016 8 Pages
A death penalty is “the sentence of execution for murder and some other capital crimes” (http://definitions.uslegal.com/) In Texas, the earliest forms of capital punishment presented themselves in the forms of hanging and electrocution. The practice of hanging lasted all the way until 1890, at which time the electric chair started to become the preferred method. The earliest forms of execution, hanging and the electric chair, were eventually eliminated because of the inherently barbaric nature of the punishments and concerns that they violated the “cruel and unusual” punishment clause in the Bill of Rights. The electric chair in particular was phased out due to the inconsistency found in its effectiveness. Eventually after the electric chair, capital punishment gave way to a firing squad. Between the years of 1924 and 1964, all executions by the state were done by using the electric chair. In 1972, the court case Furman v. Georgia provided a temporary prohibition to capital punishment by limiting the arbitrariness of assigning death penalty punishments to people. Later, in the 1976 case Gregg v. Georgia, there were efforts to declare the entire practice of capital punishment unconstitutional, citing the eighth and fourteenth amendments. However, these efforts did not rule the practice unconstitutional as by this point the majority of states had changed the practice to conform to Furman v. Georgia. The Gregg v. Georgia case did establish a two-part test for the application of…

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