The Death Penalty Of The United States Essays

2503 Words Apr 4th, 2016 11 Pages
The death penalty has been in the United States since the first settlements were built. In that time an estimated 16,000 criminals have been put to death since the first recorded execution, back in 1608 (Ford). A amount of those criminals had killed at least one person, and good portion of them would not stop killing until they were stopped. Luckily, the criminals that were planning on never stopping, or were not able to stop, were caught and brought to justice. When the criminal is convicted, the family can feel some measure of relief about what has happened and that justice has been served knowing the criminal is off the streets. They deserve to feel some relief and a good measure of hope after all the pain they have felt. They had someone they care about ripped away from them just as fast as a squirrel takes an acorn then streaks away as fast as a flash of lightning with an acorn. There are some families that will not want the criminal to have the death penalty, but there are those who do. Some do not want it because it is against their views, others to make a point. They do have that right, but just because some families do not want to have the criminal killed it should not put a full stop to the death penalty as a whole. The death penalty has been used around the world for most of recorded history. When used at the right times for the correct crimes it is extremely effective.
The death penalty dates back to the medieval times in the United Kingdom. As like most things…

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