The Death Penalty Of The United States Essay

1338 Words Apr 19th, 2015 6 Pages
Taking the life of another has been considered a heinous crime that is worthy of capital punishment; but should taking the life of a person who has taken the life of another be justified? Is the murderer’s life less important than that of the person whose life he took? The death penalty has been the highest form of punishment around the United States, execution of innocent men, its negative influence on our society and the offence it has against human rights are all concerns that make the capital punishment wrong.
The first established death penalty laws date as far back ats the Eighteenth Century B.C. in the Code of King Hammurabi of Babylon, which codified the death penalty for 25 different crimes. The first evidence of the death penalty in the United States dates back to the colonial period in 1608 Jamestown. The United States is said to have been strongly influenced by Great Britain. Laws regarding the death penalty varied from colony to colony. Massachusetts Bay Colony held its first execution in 1630s. The New York Colony adopted a set of laws that states that offenses such as striking one’s mother or father, or denying “true God” were punishable by death. The universal declaration of human rights was established by the United Nations shortly after the Second World War thus expressing the rights to which all human beings are entitled to. Among several of those rights, one is said to be violated by the capital punishment—the right to life. The death penalty violates…

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