The Death Penalty Is The Ultimate Punishment Essay

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History of the Death Penalty The death penalty is the ultimate punishment that any criminal can receive. According to Michael H. Riggio teacher of law in Oklahoma states that during the seventh Century in Athens the death penalty was mandatory for every crime. These crimes varied, some crimes consisted of making fun of the country song, chopping of crops that were planted by another farmer, or disturbing a urban place during night hours. Stealings punishment would also be death but only if the criminal was a slave.
The ways of execution was wicked. Some executions were drowning, being buried alive, crucifixion, beheading, stoning, hanging, or pushing the accused off of a cliff or beaten to death. One excruciating death was set to a man who believed he was magic where law enforcement then set a date and made the man kill himself as the punishment. The first use of poison was when Philosopher Socrates was forced to swallow poison. Today poison is still used but now is injected into the criminal.
The most famous story about the death penalty that most people know today is the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Where he was forced to carry his own cross and was nailed to the cross by his hands and feet. 300 years later after people become aware to Christianity, crucifixion was abolished in Jerusalem. This convinced other countries to abolish cruel and harsh executions. The great reform era happened between the years 1833-1853. During those years many people argued over the…

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