The Death Penalty: The History Of Capital Punishment

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Shay Dudaie
Professor Moore
Crimin 1100-003
October 25, 2016
Capital Punishment
Capital punishment, also known as the death penalty, dates back to the beginning of recorded history. It is mentioned in Hammurabi’s code, the Babylonian code of conduct, which is the oldest law scripture in the world. When the death penalty was first introduced to the United States of America in the seventeenth century, it was an acceptable punishment for minor offenses, as well as major ones (Part I: History of the Death Penalty). Since then, the death sentence has been modified so that it is only used for the most serious offenses. Due to the gravity of the consequences it entails it is a highly divided issue, with merit both for and against it. People who oppose
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Death is the ultimate deterrent. They believe since everyone fears death, nothing will deter a criminal from committing a crime more than a fear of death. Since life in prison is less feared than execution, capital punishment would be the best way to decrease crime. Although supporters would note that the death penalty does more than just lower crime rates, it also brings the victims closure. There are many victims of a single murder. Unfortunately, the murderer has deprived his family and friends of a loved one. The current justice system is in place that works towards granting justice cannot do so for the surviving victims, the family and friends of the deceased, unless the murderer himself is put to death. This is not to say that the system should stoop to cruelty. Capital punishment goes as far as executing offender in such methods that the condemned are killed before he or she can feel it. When the condemned is fastened into the electric chair, one of the conductors is strapped securely around the head permit the electricity to be conducted directly into the brain, shutting it off more quickly than the brain can register pain. Supporters would argue that over all capital punishment provides much needed closure for grieving families, by painlessly executing the perpetrator, and on a larger scale acts to discourage …show more content…
Capital punishment’s colossal costs, its risk of taking innocent lives, and disregard for morals are plenty of incentives illegalize it. It would be more affordable to send the criminals to jail for life and use the extra money to aid in solving other murders and rapes (Meeker). Terminating the death penalty would also assure the prevention of more innocent lives being taken and could even potentially bring down the murder rates in those states. The state is not some omnipotent being, it too is faulty, and it should not have the power to take a person’s life. Capital punishment should not be a form of punishment in the United States. When it is all said and done is murder is never

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