Essay on The Death Penalty Should Be Enforced

1768 Words Apr 5th, 2016 8 Pages
Over the years criminals were dealt with in many different ways: they were sent to jail, getting little punishment, or if in worse cases, death. The death penalty continues to be an issue of controversy, and it is an issue that will be debated in the United States for many years to come. The death penalty is the highest punishment administered to someone legally convicted of a capital crime. This is the only punishment that leaves room for no mistakes. The death penalty system buries its worst mistakes. Although the opponents of capital punishment believe it to be immortal, advocates of capital punishment have proven it to be effective, and ethically correct but the death penalty should be enforced on those who have been convicted for such a heinous crime. It is the ultimate penalty for one who has committed the ultimate crime. The death penalty was first recognized back in the eighteenth century B.C. This was also part of the Hittite Code in the fourteenth century B.C. (Reuters n. pag.) During the seventh century B.C, The Draconian Code of Athens made death the lone punishment for all crimes. Death sentences were carried out by beheading, boiling in oil, burying alive, burning, hanging, and drowning (Reuters n. pag.). In Britain, hanging became the most common method of execution. In the eleventh century, William the Conqueror would not allow one to be hanged or executed for any crime. (Baker n. pag.) There were close to 72,000 people executed in the sixteenth…

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